Officials in Los Angeles investigated an outbreak of Norovirus on Sunday, which presented in cruise ship passengers on board the new Crown Princess cruise ship.
According to the Princess Cruises, the 28-day cruise originated in Los Angeles, and cruised to Hawaii and Tahiti.. About 170 people on board the Crown Princess reported having symptoms of the virus, crew members said an increased number of gastrointestinal illnesses caused by Norovirus were reported.
Princess Cruises has "enacted stringent disinfecting protocols" and will do a deep cleaning of the ship and terminal in Los Angeles before departing Sunday night for a weeklong cruise through the Mexican Riviera.
Last April, 129 people on the same ship contracted norovirus during a seven-day cruise off the California coast. A spokesman said: "As it is the cold and flu season, when the stomach flu circulates on land, we encourage all of our guests to be diligent in following the widely accepted practices of frequent hand washing with soap and water and the use of hand sanitizers."
Norovirus is very contagious and is transmitted from an infected person,, by touching contaminated surfaces contaminated food or water. The virus causes the stomach to become inflamed, which leads to stomach pains, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting It usually passes after a few days, and infected cruise ship passengers are usually confined to their cabins for a few days until the contamination period has passed.
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