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Cruise Illness Lawyer.jpgThe CDC has issued a cruise ship illness outbreak alert for the Norwegian Gem. The report states that during the November 13-25 voyage 111 passengers and 3 crew members reported being ill with vomiting and/or diarrhea. In response to the outbreak NCL, the operator of the Norwegian Gem, increased cleaning and disinfecting procedures as well as collected stool specimens for testing by the CDC. The cruise ship currently makes weekly voyages from New York City.

How Cruise Ship Illness Spreads

Being that thousand passengers and crew members interact for extended periods of time in confined spaces aboard the cruise ships like the Norwegian Gem, gastrointestinal illness can spread rapidly. In cases of Norovirus, a person can remain a carrier for two weeks after the symptoms have passed. Cruise line practices also fuel outbreaks. It is routine procedure for many cruise lines to send their crew members back to work after illness symptoms have disappeared. This means crew members who are still carrying Norovirus often times unwittingly pass the virus along to passengers while serving food and handling objects in the cabin and common areas.

Norwegian Spirit Norovirus Lawyer.jpgThe Centers for Disease Control CDC reports the Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL) cruise ship Spirit experienced a Norovirus outbreak during the December 18-25, 2011 voyage. During that time, 94 passengers and 14 crew members reported to have symptoms Norovirus symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea. On Christmas day CDC inspectors boarded the cruise ship in New Orleans to conduct a health assessment and evaluation of the outbreak. Stool specimens sent to the CDC lab in Atlanta confirms the outbreak was caused by Norovirus.

The majority people who come down with Norovirus recover in a few days. There are instances, however, where Norovirus can cause significant health risks and can even lead to death. Those most susceptible to life threatening complications from Norovirus are young children, the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. Those infected can still pass Norovirus for several days after symptoms of the illness subside. This is why cruise ships are often a hot bed for Norovirus outbreaks. Sick crew members return to duty after the symptoms subside and handle food, dishes, and utensils all the while spreading the virus. Norovirus and other gastrointestinal illnesses are so prevalent in the cruise industry the CDC set up the Vessel Sanitation Program. This program monitors cruise ships which return to port with outbreaks. Given the closed nature of cruise ships, cruise passengers should wash their hands before every meal and after visiting common areas such as elevators, casinos and lounges.

The cruise ship injury lawyers of Brais & Brais have significant experience litigating cases involving passengers who were hospitalized or died from contracting Norovirus on cruise ships. If you were hospitalized from contracting Norovirus on a cruise and wish to learn more about your legal rights, feel free to contact our Florida Board Certified Admiralty and Maritime attorneys.

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