Just heard a blurb on the local news of a cruiseship which experienced a rash of food poisoning but didn't catch any ship name or cruiseline. They reported the ship will be isolated until a thorough cleaning and health inspection are complete.
The virus -- a strain similar to the common Norwalk virus -- is spread via contaminated food or water, or through contact with infected people or things they have touched.
It can be spread through food, Therefore, it is still considered a form of food poisoning.
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I posted on here what I heard on the local news and that's "food poisoning." It was reported in the Sun-Sentinel it was a Norwalk-like virus. They can be considered the same.
If you'll notice on the heading the question marks following the text. This is an indication of a question. A post seeking additional information from others who might have more knowledge of the event.
Please explain how you determined it was "clearly not the case?"
Of course, but "food poisoning" is a hot-button phrase that carries certain inevitable implications which are not applicable here. To be specific, there's a significant subjective difference between stuff that originates in the food through faulty preparation, spoiled ingredients, etc., and stuff that is passed from person to person through the food. That difference, obviously, is very important in terms of the cruise lines' culpability as well as their ability to "fix" the problem themsevles.
This isn't about word games, it's about a true understanding of the problem and it's source. "Food poisoning" is not the best way to describe it.
According to the article in the Sun-Sentinel the cruiseline believes the virus is coming on board the ship and not originating there. I believe this is the more likely scenario.
Think of all the products which are loaded onto the ship at every port. One single farmer supplying oranges, for instance, could have a problem at his place. His oranges get mixed in with all the other farmers' oranges at the processing plant and then onto the ship.
Any supplier could be vulnerable. Some of the products coming onto the ship may have been packaged for a long time. Tracing this virus's source would be difficult but not impossible.
As others have said, it was the HAL Amsterdam and it was reported to have caused illness in over 100 people with some being taken off the ship in differant ports as they were just too sick to remain onboard. It was reported to be a "Norwalk like" illness in that it had many of the same symptoms but what it actually was is not confirmed by anyone. HAL maintains it was passed from passenger to passenger while others believe it came from some contamination onboard the ship itself. The ship has set sail again after being reportedly scrubbed down fore and aft with cleaners containing clorine. (bleach). Symptoms are severe cramps, vomiting and diearrea.
That's what the Orlando Sentinel article I linked to above says, Thomas. Eight people so far. The link didn't show up as a URL in my post, though - I think because of unusual characters - so you'll have to copy and paste it into your browser.