The most frequently reported cruise ship outbreaks involve respiratory infections, GI infections (such as norovirus), and vaccine-preventable diseases other than influenza, such as varicella (chickenpox).
What virus is common on cruise ships?
With cruise ship “outbreaks” regularly appearing in the news, awareness of Norovirus — an extremely common and highly contagious virus that causes gastroenteritis — has been significantly raised.
Why is Legionnaires disease a problem on cruise ships?
Cruise ships are a hotbed of bacteria and potential illnesses, but the deadliest may be Legionnaire’s Disease, an infection caused by “Legionella” organisms that leads to severe pneumonia. These organisms live within aerosolized water, and the infection spreads through inhaling or aspirating the contaminated water.
Which Cruise Line has the most illnesses?
If 3% or more of the passengers or crew have gastrointestinal illness, cruise ship staff must send an additional report.
Outbreak Updates for International Cruise Ships.
|Cruise Line||Royal Caribbean International|
|Cruise Ship||Oasis of the Seas|
|Sailing Dates||1/6 – 13|
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Why do so many get sick on cruise ships?
Organisms such as salmonella, shigella and E. coli have caused recent outbreaks of diarrhea on ships, and fall into the grab-bag category of “traveler’s diarrhea.” In a recent cluster of gastrointestinal illnesses on a cruise ship sailing from Tenerife to the U.S., salmonella was identified as the likely culprit.