A cruise liner was recently hit by a sickness bug which affected dozens of passengers. The Diamond Princess had been on a 16-day tour, when many passengers were confined to their cabins after an outbreak of the norovirus sickness bug. About 60 passengers were taken ill in the Far East.
Those affected were unable to leave the ship when it stopped at Shanghai on a 16-day cruise which had included stops at Hong Kong and Singapore. A number of cruises have been hit by this virus in recent years. Norovirus is among the most common stomach upsets, and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It normally lasts between 1 and 3 days. One of the affected passengers said ´ We were cooped up with this virus, and it was hellish. We were supposed to be enjoying the trip of a lifetime.´
A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said the Chinese health authorities had confirmed the cause of the sickness as norovirus which was ´circulating widely throughout certain parts of the world and is extremely contagious.´ She added ´we worked closely with the Chinese authorities who sailed with the ship until its arrival in Xingang, China. The ship underwent an extensive sanitisation to contain any further spread of the illness, and additional ship disinfection was planned for the turnaround in Xingang.´
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