Passengers on two luxury cruise ships including the Queen Mary 2 have come down with symptoms that may have been caused by the Norovirus Bug!
Medical officials have previously described it as the winter vomiting bug - eek!!
The Centers for Disease Control web site states 194 passengers and 11 crew reported being ill during the voyage.
The cause of the virus, however is unknown.
Here is the cruise line's statement:
"There has been an incidence of a mild gastrointestinal illness among the passengers on Queen Mary 2. This illness is suspected to be Norovirus, which is highly contagious and typically transmitted from person to person."
How is the cruise ship dealing with its sick passengers?
A website said:
"The Captain is regularly updating the passengers and crew on the situation and is advising passengers with gastrointestinal symptoms to report to the medical centre. Unwell passengers are asked to comply with the doctor's instructions and isolate themselves in their cabin until non-contagious," the cruise line said. "They are also asked not to proceed ashore, and any shore excursion costs will be refunded. Room service is provided to affected passengers and every effort is made to make them as comfortable as possible."
Plus the ship has become very active to stop any other passengers or future passengers becoming sick. A statement read:
"The ship's crew will start cleaning the ship more thoroughly, buffets will be served by servers wearing gloves, there will be multiple announcements about hand washing and probably more hand sanitizer stations. Additionally, the cruise ship must report this to the CDC. When the cruise ends, the ship will undergo an intensive cleaning, which may delay the next cruise by an hour or two."
We're glad they are on top of this terrible sounding illness, and we hope everyone is OK and is better health soon!
We thought cruises were supposed to be fun!