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CDC confirms norovirus on 3rd straight SC cruise
hosted ^ | Mar 29

Posted on 03/29/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Officials with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say tests confirm that norovirus caused intestinal illness on a third straight cruise from South Carolina earlier this month.

The norovirus sickened almost 420 people aboard Celebrity Mercury, which returned to Charleston on March 18. Norovirus symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

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TOPICS: Travel
KEYWORDS: cruise; jpb; norovirus; sc; southcarolina

1 posted on 03/29/2010 8:26:35 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: JoeProBono

include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

This sounds like food poisoning from those who indulged in the ‘ALL you Can Eat Buffets’ on these ships.


2 posted on 03/29/2010 8:38:58 AM PDT by Le Chien Rouge
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To: Le Chien Rouge

The Norovirus thing is much more nasty than that.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norovirus

The norovirus was originally named the Norwalk agent after Norwalk, Ohio, USA, where an outbreak of acute gastroenteritis occurred among children at Bronson Elementary School in November 1968. The name was shortened to norovirus after being identified in a number of outbreaks on cruise ships and receiving attention throughout the USA. In 1972 immune electron microscopy on stored human stool samples identified a virus, which was given the name Norwalk virus. Numerous outbreaks with similar symptoms have been reported since. The cloning and sequencing of the Norwalk virus genome showed that these viruses have a genomic organization consistent with viruses belonging to the family Caliciviridae.

When a person becomes infected with norovirus, the virus begins to multiply within the small intestine. After approximately 1 to 2 days, norovirus symptoms can appear. The principal symptom is acute gastroenteritis that develops between 24 and 48 hours after exposure, and lasts for 24–60 hours. The disease is usually self-limiting, and characterised by nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain; and in some cases, loss of taste. General lethargy, weakness, muscle aches, headache, and low-grade fever may occur.


3 posted on 03/29/2010 8:43:48 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
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To: JoeProBono

So this company now has “straight” cruises and “gay” cruises?


4 posted on 03/29/2010 9:11:24 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: JoeProBono
A decade or so ago, I worked at a hospital which had a contractual arrangement with one of the major cruise lines.

We ran a clinic for all their sick call crew members from ships docked in south Florida.

Eventually we closed it because the cruise line wanted to cut what they were paying us by some 20%.

The group who was most upset by that decision? The teaching pathologists. They got to show their interns and residents a whole parade of exotic bugs that they would never see in a lifetime of "stateside" practice.

I've decided to forgo cruises as a vacation option. Just sayin'...

5 posted on 03/29/2010 9:29:13 AM PDT by Eric Pode of Croydon
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I’ve had this, contracted it at a convention. Not a lot of fun. It *can* be fatal. Named after Norwalk, Ohio. :’)


6 posted on 03/29/2010 5:17:27 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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