The Crown Princess is once again making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Returning from a 28-day cruise to Tahiti and Hawaii, 172 passengers became ill with the highly contagious norovirus.
Docked in Los Angeles, the CDC has already started their testing protocol, and the agency will monitor the response. Unfortunately, Princess Cruises is accustomed to the disinfection protocols, having developed them in conjunction with the CDC.
According to a spokeswoman, the ship and terminal will undergo a deep cleaning before departing on a week-long Mexican Riviera cruise. The same procedures were used six months ago, after an outbreak sickened 129 people on a week-long cruise up the California coast.
What can passengers do to avoid the illness? It’s the same mantra you always hear during cold and flu season. Drag out the hand sanitizer and frequently wash your hands. Especially if you are going to be trapped on a floating buffet for nearly a month.
Symptoms of the virus include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and body aches. Beyond miserable. That’s how the CDC should describe it. The good news is most people recover within three days. People diagnosed with the virus should be prepared with lots of fluids. As with any virus of this sort, dehydration is a chief concern.
The CDC has developed a site to explain what the norovirus is, how to prevent it and treatment protocols you can expect.