Norovirus outbreak on-board the Sea Princess

On board the Sea Princess in May, around 19 crew members and over 200 passengers fell ill with Norovirus symptoms in two separate sailings. The cruise ship’s next departure was then delayed so that the crew-members could disinfect the ship to try and stop any other passengers becoming ill, this lead to a delay that was significant enough to force the cruise itinerary to change.

Karen Candy who is the spokeswoman for Sea Princess said, “There have been no additional cases of norovirus on the current Sea Princess sailing. We’re in a much better place, thankfully”

Norovirus is a common gastrointestinal disease that causes approximately 90% of non-bacterial outbreaks of gastroenteritis around the world and affects people of all ages. The virus is transmitted by person-to-person contact and subsequent contamination of surfaces.

Hand washing is a very effective method to reduce the spread of infection and also by using alcohol rubs regularly you reduce your chances of catching the virus. Most cruise ships have alcohol rubs in most places on the ship including restaurants and toilets, but unless these are staffed you will find a number of people will not use them and this is how the virus spreads.

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  • Anonymous

    Instant sanitizers for hand hygiene do not remove/kill norovirus. Sanitizers provide a false sense of security. Sanitizers are rarely used correctly and only kill some types of dangerous pathogens and only pushes debris around the hands. Passengers need to wash their hands with soap and water to remove norovirus! Go to YouTube and search for Automated Handwashing Systems on the Disney Dream!

    • Hans Prent

      Hi, you are right, as well as  chefs should use food thermometers period!.
      Hans.P ( retired head chef)