Norovirus outbreak sickens 277 on ‘Oasis of the Seas’

Cornelia Mascio
Gennaio 12, 2019

The ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday after it set sail from there last Sunday for a planned seven-day Caribbean cruise.

All of the ship's guests will get full refunds for their cruise fare paid, Torres said.

Mr Torres said in a statement to the Associated Press: "We think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health".

He says the ship will return to Port Canaveral on Saturday.

The next day, the ship arrived to Jamaica, but passengers said they weren't allowed to leave the vessel. Oasis will miss the Mexico stop.

While media reports state the cause of the outbreak as norovirus, CDC officials report the causative agent as being "unknown" as of January 10.

"As of today, 167 cases of gastrointestinal illness have been reported since Sunday, representing 2 percent of the almost 9,000 guests and crew on board", spokesman Owen Torres told the outlet. Videos posted on Twitter show crew members sanitizing handrails by the pool area.

"During this sailing, there has been a small percentage of guests onboard who have experienced gastrointestinal illness, thought to be norovirus".

The spokesman went on to tell the newspaper that "those affected by the short-lived illness are being treated by our ship's medical team with over-the-counter medication".

Sent multiple daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP).

"They are held to a standard that, frankly, not everyone else is held to", said Colleen McDaniel, senior executive editor of Cruise Critic, a popular cruise review website. Level 3 Norovirus outbreak. The Miami Herald is reporting that Oasis of the Seas will cut its current cruise short.

Although this outbreak may seem sensationally large, it is actually proportionate for a gastrointestinal infection on a cruise ship.

Every year, about a dozen mass norovirus outbreaks are cataloged by the CDC.

It is not yet known what caused the outbreak, but most instances of norovirus occur in food service settings like restaurants, according to the CDC. "Anything beats the cold weather in Vermont".

"I'm still having a good time", he said.

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