This past week has seen an outbreak of norovirus in the Halifax area, closing 2 waterfront restaurants, and making many patrons and restaurant staff very ill.
At first all signs pointed to a typical outbreak of a gastrointestinal virus limited to a confined area (2 restaurants), which, as all the interviewed doctors said, is not uncommon.
Next thing you know, there are reports that the norovirus is being blamed on the Carnival Glory cruise ship which was in the harbour at the time, and which had a small outbreak of passengers sick with the norovirus.
Carnival of course had the virus "under control" and all passengers exhibiting symptoms were not allowed to disembark in Halifax.
Once again, cruise ships are being blamed for something not always their fault. These kind of viruses spread easily in any confined area, including schools, workplace, nursing homes and hospitals.
Donna, I agree with you; cruise ships should not always be blamed for viruses. What I have found, especially in the past five years, that the staff is constantly cleaning the ships and cruisers see containers of hand cleaning solutions, especially when entering the dining areas of a ship. Anybody who goes to any public place should use caution; they should wash their hands after using the bathroom and should wash their hands before and after meals.
Cruise ships are vigilant about cleanliness, and are by far, more germ-free than the average land restaurant and (heaven forbid!) public washroom! Public areas, especially those dealing with food, should take a page out of the book of cruise ship hygeine!