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Old November 11th, 2002, 05:49 PM
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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.

Does anyone know anything about this?

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Old November 11th, 2002, 05:51 PM
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Haven't heard a word but local stations are concentrating on all the recent storms, I'll turn on CNN headline news and see if I can pick something up!

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Old November 11th, 2002, 09:49 PM
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I just saw the very end of a news report. It was the Amsterdam.
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Old November 11th, 2002, 10:34 PM
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NOT food poisoning. Rather another outbreak of Norwalk Virus, this time on HAL's Amsterdam.

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Old November 12th, 2002, 07:43 AM
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The Ft. Lauderdale paper says that this is the 3rd straight sailing that this has happened, on this ship. this is the whole article..

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/loc...me%2Dheadlines



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Old November 12th, 2002, 08:05 AM
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That pesky Norwalk virus. At least it isn't too serious, similar to a mild case of the flu. Just keep cruising and wash your hands frequently.

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Old November 12th, 2002, 10:04 AM
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It's always very funny in these articles how John Q. Public suddenly becomes an expert in disease transmission and his/her "solutions" are quoted by obliging "journalists."

It's equally unfortunate that this string was originally captioned "food poisoning," when that's pretty clearly not the case at all.

The price you pay for the wonders of the Internet.

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Old November 12th, 2002, 10:28 AM
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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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Old November 12th, 2002, 10:43 AM
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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?"

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Old November 12th, 2002, 12:07 PM
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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.

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Old November 12th, 2002, 12:28 PM
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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.

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Old November 12th, 2002, 12:36 PM
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i cannot understand why it seems that hal has this virus problem maybe its some sort of ship sabatoge who knows any one else with a theory very odd
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Old November 12th, 2002, 02:29 PM
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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.
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Apparently, even though they've scrubbed the ship from top to bottom, they're still having trouble.

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...me%2Dheadlines

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features...e13nov13.story

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Old November 14th, 2002, 10:42 AM
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I just heard that on our local news radio again Michelle.

Boy is this a problem for them or what????

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Old November 14th, 2002, 11:11 AM
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I know, Thomas! Even though the Norwalk virus isn't too serious, I don't think I'd be booking on the Amsterdam anytime soon! And I'm sure I'm not the only one!

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Old November 14th, 2002, 12:57 PM
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I think I heard on the radio that people are getting sick on this week's sailing too. But I can't confirm that because I just caught the tail end of the news when I was switching stations.

Hard to believe the virus source hasn't been narrowed down.

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Old November 14th, 2002, 01:07 PM
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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.

Here's the URL again:
http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/...me%2Dheadlines

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A ha, here's a link from CNN.

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Thanks.............I thought I heard something of the sort.

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