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Old August 9th, 2003, 11:40 AM
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This in the morning news


Cruise passengers, crew sickened
NOROVIRUS: More than 120 sailing from Alaska were affected.

The Associated Press

(Published: August 9, 2003)
SEATTLE -- An outbreak of stomach illness has been reported among passengers and crew on the Star Princess cruise ship sailing between Alaska and Seattle.

A total of 107 passengers and 14 crew members suffered vomiting and diarrhea from the common Norovirus during the current seven-day cruise, said Tom Dow, a spokesman for Princess Cruises in Seattle.

No one was hospitalized.

"There's no indication that it's food or water," said Dave Forney, chief of the vessel sanitation program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. He said usually the illness is brought on board by a passenger and spreads easily in close quarters.

The outbreak was at its worst Monday and Tuesday and then decreased, Dow said. Five passengers and two crew members were sick Friday out of a total of 2,800 passengers and 1,100 crew members, he said.

Norovirus, the federal agency's name for Norwalk-like viruses, causes vomiting, diarrhea and some stomach cramps over one or two days. It's usually not serious, although people who are very young, elderly or have weakened immune systems may become dehydrated and need medical attention.

The ship was sailing Friday between Ketchikan and Victoria, British Columbia, and was due to arrive today in Seattle.

Dow said the virus was diagnosed on board. The ship was cleaned using antibacterial agents, he said.

Precautions were taken, including serving passengers rather than using buffet lines, placing hand sanitizing dispensers in food areas and notifying passengers to wash their hands frequently.

The Star Princess is operated by Princess Cruises, based in Santa Clarita, Calif.

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Old August 9th, 2003, 07:23 PM
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Oh Harry,
Not again... I think I remember this same thing happening last year about this time, in fact I was starting to spazzzz over it because we were going the end of Aug. Sure hope they get it clearned up??


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Old August 9th, 2003, 08:55 PM
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can't believe i am reading this about the Star Princess - I am going on it to Alaska August 30th hope they get this all cleared up - this is terrible
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Old August 10th, 2003, 02:50 AM
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Thank goodness Buggie missed getting infected!
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Old August 10th, 2003, 10:46 AM
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I was on the Amsterdam last late Oct./Nov. The Norwalk[-type virus affected quite a few people and the ship cancelled 2 cruises after we docked.

Sitting at the pool one day, a few of us were discussing those who got sick (we didn't) and narrowed it down to this: they were not outside enough (spent time in casinos, bars, etc.) and, they didn't drink enough wine!

Keep washing your hands, be out in the air, leave balcony door open, etc. This thing can come from many sources, most likely one is that someone brought the virus aboard and that it is not "ship-induced".

Don't worry about it- take vitamins, sleep, eat well, and drink wine!

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Old August 11th, 2003, 08:10 AM
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that's too bad , i feel sorry for the folks who got sick. We need to remember that this is a virus that is Brought on Board and that the ships themselves are not sick, they are not the breeding gounds for this virus.
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Old September 18th, 2003, 01:49 AM
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Relax everyone.

I was on the Star that sailed that night (August 9th) AFTER they cleaned and disinfected. No problems and no one got sick. GREAT ship!
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