172 Passangers Fell Ill On Carnival’s Crown Princess Cruise In California

Photo: morguefile.com

Photo: morguefile.com

A lot of people got sick during a cruise in California. 172 people to be exact.

A cruise ship with 172 passengers and crew members suffering from a gastrointestinal ailment caused by Norovirus was met by public health officials when it docked in California on Sunday, authorities and Carnival Corp said. The ship carried more than 4,000 people  that departed nearly a month ago from Los Angeles and included stops in Hawaii and Tahiti.

The Norovirus is the most common cause of contagious gastrointestinal illness, with nausea, vomiting and diarrhea the typical symptoms. This illness is caused by people not washing their hands. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that there are over 20 million cases of the Norovirus in the United States, resulting in 570-800 deaths a year.

The ship will undergo a deep cleaning before embarking on its next journey, the Mexican Riviera. The virus should go away in one to three days.

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