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article imageMore than 170 people become sick on cruise from California

By Megan Hamilton     Nov 18, 2014 in World
Los Angeles - Another norovirus outbreak has sickened at least 172 passengers and crew members on a Crown Princess cruise that stopped in Hawaii and Tahiti.
The ship was met by public health officials when it docked in California this weekend, CNN reports.
At least 158 passengers and 14 crew members were affected during a 28-day cruise that docked in Los Angeles on Sunday. The ship was carrying 3,009 passengers and 1,160 crew members.
This file photo shows the Carnival Lines  Crown Princess ocean liner.
This file photo shows the Carnival Lines' Crown Princess ocean liner.
Photo by Cliff from Arlington, Virginia, USA
The ship is operated by Princess Cruises.
A similar occurrence happened in April when more than 100 people aboard the cruise ship were sickened by the virus, according to CNN.
"Over the last few days, the ship began seeing an increased number of gastrointestinal illnesses, caused by norovirus (commonly referred to as the stomach flu)," company spokeswoman Susan Lomax wrote CNN via email. "In response, we have enacted our stringent disinfecting protocols developed in conjunction with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), which includes an extensive deep cleaning of the ship and the terminal in Los Angeles on Sunday before the ship embarks on its next voyage."
Nearly a dozen cruise lines sailing from ports in the U.S. have been affected by norovirus outbreaks in recent years, Reuters reports. This unpleasant visitor often stems from people being confined to a small area, infrequent hand-washing and buffet-style dining, experts say.
Norovirus symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea and it's the most common cause of contagious gastrointestinal illness, Reuters reports.
An estimated 20 million cases of norovirus occur in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. This results in 570 to 800 deaths.
Norovirus is very contagious and can easily be spread from one person to another, the CDC reports. People can also contract it through contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines and that's what causes the stomach pain, nausea, and vomiting.
Other symptoms can include:
• Fever.
• Headache.
• Body aches.
While most people with this illness get better within one to three days, norovirus can occasionally result in dehydration, especially in young children, older people and people with other illnesses, the CDC reports.
Symptoms of dehydration—
• Decreased urination.
• Dry mouth and throat.
• Dizziness when standing up.
Kids who are dehydrated may be unusually sleepy or fussy, and shed few or no tears if they cry.
There's no specific medicine to treat norovirus illness. Since it's a virus, it can't be treated with antibiotics, which are used for bacterial infections. To prevent dehydration, the CDC recommends that people with norovirus drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid lost from vomiting and diarrhea.
CNN reports that in February, 114 passengers and 10 crew members fell sick on a Holland America cruise ship during a one-week voyage, and in January, over 600 people on cruise ships in the Caribbean were sickened by the virus.
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