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Sunday, December 30, 2012

Queen Mary 2 Ship Unwanted Passanger: NOROVIRUS

The Queen Mary 2, which its value is almost 1 billion dollars, is considered to be one of the most luxurious ships of the world, and  has on-board, among other things, a spa, planetarium, library, theater, and fifteen restaurants and bars. Certain dining areas are reserved for passengers who hold the most expensive tickets. A regular ticket costs around $5,000 USD per person. Well, a very expensive ticket to acquire Norovirus!
NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- More than 200 passengers and crew members on board Cunard Line's luxury cruise ship Queen Mary 2 have been stricken with an unknown illness with symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Friday. Among those who fell ill included 194 passengers and 11 crew members out of 2,613 total passengers and 1,255 crew members on board, the CDC said. The ship left Brooklyn, New Yorkon Saturday for a 12-night Caribbean cruise. Cunard is owned by Miami-based cruise operator Carnival Corp. Marketwatch report
The symptoms are those of norovirus, a contagious microorganism that can be acquired from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. Norovirus causes an inflammation of the stomach or intestines called acute gastroenteritis, producing stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea, and is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Although the microbial culprit remains unclear In both cases, another reason to suspect norovirus is that the pathogen "has affected a number of schools, hospitals, nursing homes and children's day care centers this winter" in the United Kingdom, Cunard said in a statement. The UK's Health Protection Agency reports that norovirus activity in the country is 83 per cent higher than last year.
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