Over 100 people are ill with vomiting and diarrhea aboard the Celebrity Equinox cruise ship which is returning to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a ten day cruise, according to cruise expert Dr. Ross Klein

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 95 out of 2896 passengers (3.28%) and 7 out of 1209 crew members (0.58%) became ill during the cruise with noro-like symptoms.

The CDC has not yet figured out whether the sicknesses were caused by norovirus.

Norovirus can be caused by contaminated food or water, contaminated surfaces or by hand-to-hand contact between infected crew members or passengers.   

The cruise line always blames the passengers for not washing their hands. I suppose that happens, but it’s far from the only explanation. 

The CDC never discloses why the virus spreads. I wonder why?

Celebrity Equinox

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6 Responses to Over 100 Sick With GI Bug On Celebrity Equinox

What most people don’t know about Norovirus is that it’s usually brought onboard by either passengers and crew exposed to the virus while in transit when flying. They often don’t show symptoms until after a day or 2 of joining a ship. Norovirus can also be spread by the port staff as they often work multiple ships. People can be exposed on transport busses. Airport screenings, calling stations, and even the port building themselves. Cruise lines often follow Norovirus isolation procedure because it can dampen the experience and cost revenue. It’s a challenge when there’s a Norovirus outbreak on a ship. Initially passengers will report symptoms until they realize they will be confined to their cabins for isolation to reduce the spread of the virus. Often times when more than 1 to 2% of the passengers become infected , they start to communicate with each other informing each other of the issolation procedures. At this point passengers will not inform the cruise line of their symptoms for fear they will be isolated at which point it becomes difficult to reduce the spread of the virus onboard. Cruise lines will make attempts to educate crew to look out for symptoms in the event that the passenger they are servicing shows signs of the virus. Crew are often required to report their symptoms immediately so they can be isolated to reduce the spread of the virus as well. The main focus at the end of the cruise is to sanitize the ship as much as possible using virox or bioglobe and many times the terminal as well to eliminate cross contamination. But there are still ways the virus can spread. Rarely is the ship the cause of Norovirus as its a virus and not something that can be manufactured onboard. Instead it’s often unknowingly brought onboard, it gestates over 24-48 hours until the individual shows symptoms and then spreads the virus. It’s a challenge all cruise lines endure, but are not alone in. Airlines don’t have passengers onboard long enough to be named a culprit, neither do trains, airports, hotels, or other transportation and hospitality venues. Cruise ships are one of the only venues where people congregate for large periods of time where they may eventually show symptoms and spread the virus.

My mother in law, 2 sister in laws, my husband and I just recently came home after spending 14 days aboard the Norwegian Star, Cruise ship traveling from Miami, Florida, to L.A. Calif.
2 Days before we disembarked mom and I started to have a sore throat and cough, (after noticing several other passengers were doing the same thing) and it progressed until we got back home. I immediately went to my Urgent Care, and they said I had a Respitory Virus, My mom, however, was taken the day after we returned, straight to the I.C.U and quarantined with the diagnosis of Walking pneumonia!!Why were we NOT informed there was a couple onboard that were actually “supposed” to be quaranteed but were not carefully monitored and were witnessed leaving their cabin door open and talking to friends they were traveling with, no masks, no dr. nothing!! I’m outraged!!

My mother in law, 2 sister in laws, my husband and I just recently came home after spending 14 days aboard the Norwegian Star, Cruise ship traveling from Miami, Florida, to L.A. Calif.
2 Days before we disembarked mom and I started to have a sore throat and cough, (after noticing several other passengers were doing the same thing) and it progressed until we got back home. I immediately went to my Urgent Care, and they said I had a Respitory Virus, My mom, however, was taken the day after we returned, straight to the I.C.U and quarantined with the diagnosis of Walking pneumonia!!Why were we NOT informed there was a couple onboard that were actually “supposed” to be quaranteed but were not carefully monitored and were witnessed leaving their cabin door open and talking to friends they were traveling with, no masks, no dr. nothing!! I’m outraged!!

My mother in law, 2 sister in laws, my husband and I just recently came home after spending 14 days aboard the Norwegian Star, Cruise ship traveling from Miami, Florida, to L.A. Calif.
2 Days before we disembarked mom and I started to have a sore throat and cough, (after noticing several other passengers were doing the same thing) and it progressed until we got back home. I immediately went to my Urgent Care, and they said I had a Respitory Virus, My mom, however, was taken the day after we returned, straight to the I.C.U and quarantined with the diagnosis of Walking pneumonia!!Why were we NOT informed there was a couple onboard that were actually “supposed” to be quaranteed but were not carefully monitored and were witnessed leaving their cabin door open and talking to friends they were traveling with, no masks, no dr. nothing!! I’m outraged!!

My mother in law, 2 sister in laws, my husband and I just recently came home after spending 14 days aboard the Norwegian Star, Cruise ship traveling from Miami, Florida, to L.A. Calif.
2 Days before we disembarked mom and I started to have a sore throat and cough, (after noticing several other passengers were doing the same thing) and it progressed until we got back home. I immediately went to my Urgent Care, and they said I had a Respitory Virus, My mom, however, was taken the day after we returned, straight to the I.C.U and quarantined with the diagnosis of Walking pneumonia!!Why were we NOT informed there was a couple onboard that were actually “supposed” to be quaranteed but were not carefully monitored and were witnessed leaving their cabin door open and talking to friends they were traveling with, no masks, no dr. nothing!! I’m outraged!!

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