Numerous cases of contagious norovirus on cruise ship causes panic at Pointe Seraphine.
Individuals employed with various stores at the Pointe Seraphine Duty Free Complex are in a state of panic after learning of the outbreak of the norovirus on board a cruise vessel berthed there.
Multiple sources close to the situation told MBC Prime’s Senior Correspondent Miguel Fevrier that a high ranking officer on board the British Vessel ‘Britannica’ has been advising the various stores to sanitize everywhere, as numerous passengers have been presenting symptoms of norovirus infection.
The norovirus is a family of viruses that cause gastroenteritis [intestinal flu] in humans and some animals. The original norovirus was called the “Norwalk virus,” after an outbreak of intestinal flu at an elementary school in Norwalk, Ohio, in 1968. But since that outbreak, researchers have come to realize that a number of viruses closely related to the Norwalk virus cause intestinal flu—together they are called the noroviruses. It’s now “the cruise ship virus” because there have been so many outbreaks on cruise ships. It’s the most common cause of nonbacterial intestinal flu, according to the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
Norovirus is spread through the fecal-oral route, meaning that you get it by ingesting fecal matter from another person. You can get it by shaking hands with an infected person who didn’t wash their hands after using the bathroom. But most likely, you would get it by eating food prepared by someone who hasn’t washed his or her hands. You can also become infected putting your hand in your mouth after touching contaminated surfaces such as doorknobs, where the virus can probably be infectious for days
The Britannica’s itinerary says the cruise ship’s last port of can before arriving on Saint Lucia Saturday was Grenada.
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