Norovirus cruise ship outbreaks on the rise
While concerns over cruise ship Covid outbreaks have eased, Norovirus is back with a bang.
Cruise ship norovirus outbreaks are at their highest level for more than 10 years.
There have been 13 outbreaks on cruise ships since the beginning of 2023.
That is the most since 2012.
In fact, it is more than in the whole of 2022.
There have been almost 2,000 confirmed cases of cruise ship guests and crew.
Last month, 110 Viking Cruises passengers and eight crew members fell ill on a New York cruise.
Norovirus is a highly contagious gastrointestinal virus that can be contracted through the air or from contaminated surfaces.
Outbreaks have occurred on Celebrity Cruises, Viking, Princess, Royal Caribbean and P&O Cruises.
Norovirus cases on cruise ships had been declining since 2006 up until the Covid pandemic.
Although cruise ship outbreaks tend to make the headlines, norovirus infects millions of Americans annually.
It can strike in hotels, large buffet restaurants and other public facilities.
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