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Norovirus strikes another cruise ship

January 30, 2009
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HONOLULU — An outbreak of norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal infection whose eradication requires extensive cleaning of surfaces, sickened more than 60 passengers aboard the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship Pride of America, according to KHON-TV.
At least 67 of the 1,837 passengers aboard the ship between the 17th and 24th of January were infected by the virus, the story stated.
Dr. Alan Tice, an infectious disease consultant, said: "Norovirus is something that is always a problem in a confined environment where there are multiple different people coming together. Sometimes the diarrhea can be so bad that it is serious and occasionally people have to be hospitalized for it and it can be very miserable."
In addition to the 67 sickened passengers, at least 14 employees also contracted the virus, the story noted.
Norovirus can survive on high-touch surfaces such as door knobs for several days, the story added.
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