Norovirus Outbreak Affects Hundreds on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas

Getting sick while on a cruise is every passenger’s worst nightmare but imagine getting sick along with hundreds of other passengers and not being allowed to leave the ship. This situation describes the nightmare that passengers aboard the Royal Caribbean Oasis of the Seas are now facing following an outbreak of the norovirus on the ship.

The ship departed Port Canaveral last Sunday and was set to sail for a seven-night cruise through the Caribbean. However, shortly after the ship left port, passengers began to experience symptoms associated with the norovirus. Now it is estimated that a total of 277 guests and crewmembers have been affected with some type of gastrointestinal illness.

Two other norovirus outbreaks occurred on Royal Caribbean Cruise ships back in December 2018. The outbreaks raised concern over the cruise line’s sanitation practices and the cruise industry in general.

Those who have been affected by the illness are being treated by the ship’s medical team with over-the-counter medication. The ship’s crew is also engaging in intensive sanitary procedures to reduce the risk that the illness will spread any further. Confirmation as to whether the passengers who are sick have been quarantined has not been obtained.

Illnesses like that can be the result of a cruise ship’s own negligence. Norovirus and food poisoning are some of the more common types of illnesses that result from the cruise staff’s negligence. Recently, a 17-year-old passenger died from food poisoning while on a Royal Caribbean cruise. Cruise ship safety tips can help passengers protect themselves from these risks, but sometimes, the illness can be unavoidable. It is unclear at this point what exactly caused this current bout of illnesses.

Because of the outbreak on the ship, passengers have reported that they are not allowed to disembark from the ship during ports of call due to the risk that they would bring to others on land. In fact, Royal Caribbean was given strict orders from Jamaica that passengers, including those who were not exhibiting symptoms, were to not disembark from the ship due to the outbreak.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has already posted a report about the cruise on its website. It says 266 of 6,285 passengers onboard and 11 of the crew members were sickened, with the predominant symptoms being vomiting. CDC officials will board the ship when it gets back to Port Canaveral on Saturday to help investigate the outbreak and what caused it.


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