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Neil & Ida Down - Answered a Question by mcguire (06 Nov 08 12:00)

I don't know what it is with Diamond and for that matter Caribbean Princess. I may be mistaken but they certainly have more than their fair share of Norwalk problems. I know that it is a resurgent thing but there are still too many re-infections. In the month of October up to now illness has been reported on Diamond and Caribbean Princess, Norwegian Jewel, Balmoral, Norwegian Jewel again, Rhapsody of the Sea, Caribbean Princess again, Vollendam and Zuiderdam. The new measures, non use of sprays and wipes for instance, taken by some cruise lines seem to have been effective though. It just goes to show that one must always be aware of personal hygiene whilst on board. … Neil.

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Vockings - replied to Neil & Ida Down (10 Nov 08 21:39)

My husband and I have travelled with Princess 3 times and they make a really big deal of squirting you with the antibac gel when you get back onboard and at mealtimes, not to mention notices in the toilets about how to wash your hands properly,and leaflets in your cabin,and each time we sailed there have been outbreaks of norovirus and the men in white anti-hazard suits have swooped down on the places where these people passed out etc YET on our last trip with Carnival they were very low key, did not squirt you at all,left it up to you if you wanted to use the dispenser at mealtimes-and there were no outbreaks at all on a huge ship that was 50% bigger than the Princess ones we were on.Maybe its just Princess..........

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BLYTH - Answered a Question by mcguire (06 Nov 08 12:27)

The BBC news I heard said only 60 passengers were effected and most it was said were Americans, but yes must be a pretty miserable catching this, hopefully they are all recovering and won't miss out on any other excursions.

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Cooke - Answered a Question by mcguire (06 Nov 08 13:58)

It is estimated that the norovirus affects between 600,000 and 1 million people in the UK every year. Outbreaks of the illness are common, particularly within contained environments such as hospitals, nursing homes, schools and cruise ships. This is because the norovirus spreads very easily from person to person and the virus can survive for several days in a contaminated area. The norovirus can be spread through contact with an infected person, through contact with surfaces or objects that are contaminated with the virus, or by eating contaminated food or water. There are many different types of norovirus, and it is possible for infection to occur several times. This is because after getting the illness, immunity to the virus only lasts for 14 weeks. However, having recurring bouts of the norovirus may provide some protection from future infection. Not much comfort though is it? I wonder if there is a common cause e.g. burgers?

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Rum Runner - Answered a Question by mcguire (06 Nov 08 22:36)

This happens all too often and I am grateful that I have never suffered from it, however. ., it always seems to occur on ships when antiseptic gel is not administered at all food presentation areas and dining rooms. There will always be people who fail to use it and those who forget that their hands come in contact with all sorts of bacteria when moving around a ship become natural carriers. I'm sorry to say this but the elderly and children are the worst offenders whether by forgetfulness or just not realising the risks involved. Next time you you use an on board toilet then wash your hands then push open the door into the atrium, then climb the stair to the lido or press the lift button or hold on to the handrail as you venture on to the sun deck, think on. How many people have you put at risk and how many have put you at risk. I rest my case. USE THE GEL when you enter the diners.

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