The Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) reports that a Royal Caribbean cruise ship berthed at the Suva Wharf in Fiji was quarantined today by authorities following what is described as an outbreak of norovirus. The Health Ministry in Fiji reportedly confirmed 51 cases of the contagious virus on board the Rhapsody of the Seas which is carrying around 2300 passengers and 870 crew.
The FBC states that affected passengers have been isolated and no one is allowed to enter the quarantined area on the ship except the medical response team.
The cruise ship will leave Fiji for Noumea, New Caledonia later tonight.
Because this outbreak occurred on a cruise ship which did not call on a U.S. port, it will not be reported to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces.
The Rhapsody of the Seas experienced a norovirus outbreak the last week of August when 53 of 2,129 passengers (7.19%) experienced vomiting and diarrhea.
October 31, 2012 Update: Cruise ship under quarantine leaves Fiji.