Azamara Club Cruises cruise ship Azamara Quest (see video below) pulled into San Diego Bay around Thursday, February 8, 2018 around 5:30 a.m. Twenty-two passengers and two crew member were sick with norovirus, according to Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd spokesman Owen Torres.
Azamara Club Cruises Azamara Club Cruises is a brand of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Azamara Quest has a capacity of 684 passengers.
Torres said, “All other guest have recovered and were treated by our ship’s doctors and responded well with over-the-counter medication. We are taking steps to do a full barrier sanitation cleaning of the ship before she departs on Thursday, February 8 for next cruise.”
People often associate cruise ships with acute gastrointestinal illnesses such as norovirus. But acute gastrointestinal illness is relatively infrequent on cruise ships despite its notoriety.
From 2008 to 2014, 74 million passengers sailed on cruise ships in the Vessel Sanitation Program’s jurisdiction. Only 129,678 passengers met the program’s case definition for acute gastrointestinal illness and only a small proportion of those cases (1 in 10) were part of a norovirus outbreak.
Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, from contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed (acute gastroenteritis). This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up.
Why acute gastrointestinal illnesses including noroviruses are associated with cruise ships
- Health officials track illness on cruise ships. So outbreaks are found and reported more quickly on a cruise ship than on land.
- Close living quarters may increase the amount of group contact.
- People joining the ship may bring the virus to other passengers and crew.
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