Home Cruise Safely Norovirus — Don’t Call It ‘the Cruise Ship Disease’

By Dr. Joyce Johnson, DO of Yahoo Travel

Recently two Royal Caribbean International-owned cruise ships were struck with what’s believed to be Norovirus outbreaks. Norovirus is caused by contaminated food and water and its symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea.

Both ships left Fort Lauderdale at the end of March for 15-night cruises. Of the 2,100 people aboard the Celebrity Infinity, 106 reported Norovirus symptoms. One hundred and fourteen people became sick on the Legend of the Seas. Today both ships have docked in San Diego for passengers to be treated and the vessels cleaned.

According to CBS News, there have now been five flare-ups of Norovirus on cruise ships this year. Even with this news, Dr. Joyce Johnson, former surgeon general to the U.S. Coast Guard, shares why norovirus isn’t something that should prevent you from sailing.

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