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article imageCruise Ship Passengers Recovering From Norovirus

By Bob Ewing     Mar 2, 2009 in Health
A Holland American cruise ship is back at sea after a stop in San Diego where passengers who had developed a stomach aliment disembarked.
The Oosterdam, a Holland American cruise ship, has continued its voyage after a stop in San Diego to drop off dozens of passengers who came down with a stomach ailment.
A cruise line spokesman said 106 people aboard the ship came down with the norovirus; the ship carries more than 1,800 passengers.
Officials contacted the Centers for Disease Control about the illnesses and the ship was disinfected.
Holland American spokesman Erik Elvejord said,"Since this type of stomach flu can easily spread, several rigorous cleaning and sanitizing protocols have already been implemented to reduce the risk to other passengers." Elvejord said.
Everything from carpets and linens, to elevator buttons, railings, books, exercise equipment, walls and door jams was cleaned.
The Oosterdam departed San Diego a week ago for a seven-day cruise to Baja California and returned to San Diego Saturday morning.
"Guests who demonstrated symptoms were asked to remain in their cabins until symptoms disappeared," Elvejord said.
The ship is on the way to the Mexican Riviera.
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