More than 100 passengers fall ill on cruise ship

More than 100 passengers fell ill on a Viking Cruises cruise ship, the Viking Neptune, earlier this month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, 106 out of the 838 passengers onboard fell ill.

Crew members were also affected by the illness although only nine of the 455 staff onboard fell sick.

Symptoms included abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea. The incident occurred on a voyage running between June 6 and June 20.

The cause of the outbreak is so far unknown although the ship’s crew took measures to limit the spread.

The CDC reported the crew increased their cleaning and disinfection procedures and collected stool samples for analysis.

It marks the 13th outbreak of sickness on a cruise ship this year, according to the CDC’s statistics.

Many of the outbreaks were of norovirus, which causes vomiting, diarrhoea, nausea and stomach cramps.

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Outbreaks can spread quickly on cruise ships as passengers are often together in a confined space.

Passengers should report any sickness to crew members and may be required to stay in their cabin to limit an outbreak.

During the pandemic, cruise ships were called ‘floating petri dishes’ by some people due to the risk of Covid spreading onboard.

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CDC Tips for Healthy Cruising

  • Wash hands frequently
  • Get plenty of rest and drink plenty of water
  • Leave the area if you see someone get sick and report the incident to staff
  • If you’re sick, report your illness to staff has contacted Viking for comment. 

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