Skip to comments.CDC confirms norovirus on 3rd straight SC cruise
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.
(Excerpt) Read more at hosted.ap.org ...
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.
The Norovirus thing is much more nasty than that.
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 2460 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.
So this company now has “straight” cruises and “gay” cruises?
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'...
I’ve had this, contracted it at a convention. Not a lot of fun. It *can* be fatal. Named after Norwalk, Ohio. :’)
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.