Cruise ship hit by norovirus vomiting bug

Source of Article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/3384390/Cruise-ship-hit-by-norovirus-vomiting-bug.html

 

British holiday makers are among up to 400 passengers who have been quarantined on a cruise ship in Shanghai after the outbreak of a virulent vomiting bug.

 

By Stephen Adams
Last Updated: 6:07PM GMT 05 Nov 2008

They have been stopped from going ashore in China after a break-out of the norovirus aboard the 250 million Diamond Princess, one of the world's largest cruise liners.

Officials eventually let some 2,000 healthy passengers off the boat but decided to quarantine hundreds to ensure it did not spread.

Among them was John Lloyd, from Stevenage, Herts.

Mr Lloyd, 69, said: "We're quarantined until 7.30am tomorrow, cooped up here with this virus, It has been hellish. It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime."

Michelle Eist said she was worried for her father Adrian Fowler, who suffers from angina.

Mr Fowler, from Margate, Kent, is on board with his wife Rosemary.

Mrs Eist said: "I am worried about what this virus will do to my father's health. He is very poorly at the moment. The trip cost a lot."

It is thought British passengers paid up to 4,000 for the three-week trip to Beijing.

The Diamond Princess belongs to Princess Cruises, which is part of Carnival Corporation & PLC, the same British-American global cruise company that owns P&O Cruises.

A spokesman said: "We have taken measures to stop the spread of illness, including asking passengers who are unwell to isolate themselves."

The norovirus, which causes gastroenteritis, is spread by contaminated food or water or person-to-person contact. It can spread very rapidly in enclosed environments like cruise ships or hospitals.

 

 

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