The Center for Disease Control points out that
traveling on cruise ships exposes people to
new environments and high volumes of people,
including other travelers and that although an
infrequent occurrence, such exposure creates
the risk for illness, either from contaminated
food, water or more commonly through person
to person contact.
The Center for Disease Control recommends
that cruise ship passengers do the following to
prevent the spread of illness. They recommend
that cruise ship passengers wash their hands
before and after eating, smoking, wash their
hands after touching their faces, or going to
the bathroom, and wash their hands when they
The CDC recommends leaving the area if you
see someone get sick (vomiting or diarrhea)
and reporting such incidents to the cruise
staff, if not already notified. The CDC also
points out that you can become sick if you
ingest contaminated particles that travel
through the air. They recommend taking care
of yourself, which includes getting plenty of
rest and drinking lots of water. The point out
that resting helps rebuild your immune system.
Drinking water helps prevents dehydration. The
CDC asks that we be considerate of other
people’s health. If you’re ill before taking a
cruise, call the cruise line to determine if there
are alternative cruising options.
Source - Center for Disease Control www.cdc.
You can learn more about viral outbreaks
aboard ships by visiting the website for the
Center for Disease Control at http://www.cdc.
gov. On this website, you learn if a particlur
cruise ship has had an outbreak. See “Vessel
Sanitation Program”. The Vessel Sanitation
Program was created to help the cruise
industry control and prevent the spread of
gastrointestinal illnesses aboard cruise ships.
It enables monitoring a ship if there has been
an outbreak. Learn more about CDC’s Vessel
Sanitation Program by visiting their site.
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The Carnival Cruise Line's ship Carnival Magic returned
to Texas after a worker tested negative for Ebola,
infection by which has given way to heightened
vigilance in the area of shipboard sanitation and
hygiene. See Maritime Law News.