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By Tim Sandle     Dec 17, 2014 in Health
London - With the festive season fast approaching and the drop in temperatures, many people look forward to winter sun holidays, including cruises. Some new advice has been issued to help people stay healthy while enjoying a cruise ship holiday.
The new advice comes from Public Health England (PHE) and the National Travel Health Network and Center (NaTHNaC), who have jointly published a health and safety factsheet for travelers planning a cruise this winter. Cruises in warm climes make for relaxing breaks away from winter temperatures.
The key tips from the factsheet are:
Before going away:
Visit your medical practitioner, nurse, or travel clinic well in advance of your cruise. Pre-travel medical advice should be sought from a doctor or a travel clinic at least 6 weeks before travel.
Ensure that you have adequate travel health insurance.
Once on board:
Eat and drink sensibly: follow good food and water hygiene and drink plenty of water in hot conditions.
Wash your hands frequently.
Be safe: watch out for accidents, slips and trips.
Be “sun smart”: protect your skin from the sun.
Once you've returned from your trip:
On your return if you feel unwell, see your doctor immediately.
In addition to the general factsheet, information about specific countries is also offered. One of the general risks is from norovirus. Norovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug in some countries, is the most common cause of viral gastroenteritis in humans. The virus is transmitted by fecally contaminated food or water, by person-to-person contact. Although it isn’t a cruise ship specific disease, infections on cruise ships frequently make the headlines. Risks can be avoided through good hygiene practices. For example, if an infected person doesn't wash their hands before handling food, they can pass the virus on to others.
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