dl021
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Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:47 am

OK...over the last couple of years we have heard of several cruise ships having hundreds of passengers getting sick. Why is this happening so much recently, and is it possible it is caused by a similar issue as with the airliners with the bad water supply?

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/6857432/
http://theedge.bostonherald.com/lifeNews/view.bg?articleid=64323
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ANCFlyer
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RE: Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:51 am

I cruise once a year (Princess is my next best friend to CO), and the industry is a major supporter of "tourism" in Alaska, thus I've read quite a bit on this.

These viruses are caused not by dirty water tanks on ships, but by dirty people! There is a simple solution . . . wash your hands very often, take a shower once a day.

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corey07850
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RE: Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 7:52 am

Other than the 250 people that just got sick on the Royal Caribbean cruise, I can't recall any other "recent" incidents.

The person on the RC cruise admitted to having a contagious illness, and unlike plane rides which are over in a couple hours, people are exposed to each other for a week in a confined area. I think it's obvious how easily a contagious illness can spread on a ship.
 
yooyoo
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RE: Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 10:38 am

My family and I were on a RC Alaskan cruise last June.

Most ships travel in packs. Well, we were always following a Princess ship. WE got word that there was a "sickness" going around on their ship.

Needless to say, we avoided them like the plague. When we were docked, if we saw a Princess bag, we went the other way. Very hard to do in those small Alaskan cities.

We did ask several passengers how "bad" it was, and some said it was over blown while others were very scared.

But, yes, I have heard a lot of this Norwok virus getting around.

Just stay clean...wash your hands as often as possible.

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beefer
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RE: Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Mon Jan 24, 2005 3:39 pm

My wife and I were on the Norwegian Dream from Jan. 9-16. The cruiselines have become very proactive the past couple of years in trying to avoid the spread of the viruses which can cause an outbreak on a ship.

The biggest addition which we noticed on this past cruise was hand sanitizers. They have them EVERYWHERE on the ship. They are little machines which you put you hands under and a little bit of sanitzer drops onto your hands. They were located outside the dining rooms, casino, internet cafe, and by the gangway whenever you reboarded the ship.

Remember, there are more cruise ships sailing around the world right now than there has been at anytime in history. Plus, these ships are larger than they have ever been so you have massive amounts of people sailing each week. All it takes a few infected people on a ship and it can spread like wildfire if precautions are not taken.
 
jake056
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RE: Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:24 am

As some of the posters here have stated, hand washing is paramount. In the health industry the standard is to wash with soap for at least 30 seconds. Not a quick rinse and run.

Remember how kids are told, "dinner's ready, go wash your hands"? or how they are taught to wash after using the facilities? Adults lapse into bad habits and forget they are NOT at home (and thus NOT exposed to "new" germs/viruses from strangers). So wash them paws!!

And don't put your finger into your nose or mouth unless you have washed!!!
 
Newark777
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RE: Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:26 am

And don't put your finger into your nose or mouth unless you have washed!!!

How about not putting your fingers in your nose or mouth at all.  Smile

Harry
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jake056
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RE: Cruise Ship Sickness: Whats Up?

Wed Jan 26, 2005 8:46 am

How about not putting your fingers in your nose or mouth at all.

Don't disagree. But if you drive a car, just notice in the next week how many drivers are digging for gold alone in their cars!! I GUARANTEE you will be shocked.

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