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article image200 passengers infected with norovirus on cruise

By Owen Weldon     Dec 9, 2014 in World
Health authorities in New Zealand said that about 200 passengers on the Dawn Princess ship became infected with the norovirus.
The ship was scheduled to leave for Australia on Monday. The last time there was a norovirus outbreak on the ship was back in 2012.
According to Yahoo, health officials conducted a series of tests, and they confirmed that the illness was norovirus, but the outbreak does seem to be going away.
The norovirus usually lasts for one to three days, and those infected may experience stomach pains, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea.
Princess Cruises released a statement saying that those who were infected were isolated in their cabins. They remained there until they were considered not contagious. The statement continued to say that crew members disinfected door handles, railings, elevator buttons and so forth.
The cruise operator also said that passengers were encouraged to wash their hands properly and that they should use sanitizing gels.
About a month ago, another cruise ship, the Crown Princess, had an outbreak of the norovirus. In that incident more than 150 crew members and passengers came down with the norovirus. That ship was also operated by Princess Cruises.
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