Norovirus has been making a lot of cruise ship passengers sick this year. While norovirus is found to infect cruise ship passengers every year, 2012 seems to have been a record – perhaps because of a record number of people cruising in general. Norovirus causes some very nasty symptoms, so it would be best to avoid contracting it if possible. Here we will look at some of the best steps a person can take to avoid contracting norovirus.
The symptoms from the gastrointestinal illness called norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache, and nausea. It would be best to avoid contracting the virus, if possible. Because norovirus is a highly contagious illness, the absolute best way to avoid contracting it is to avoid those who have it. Cruising causes thousands of people to share very limited and cramped quarters, giving norovirus an easy way to spread.
It is always advisable to wash your hands frequently, especially when cruising. Norovirus may be spread through interpersonal contact, so washing your hands frequently may help reduce your risk of infection from norovirus and other communicable diseases.
Norovirus is an airborne pathogen. Because it travels through the air, infection can happen quickly. Also, norovirus has been shown to be particularly resistant to disinfectant cleaners. These facts combined suggest that the best way to avoid contracting norovirus is to stay as far away from it as possible. Use the internet to search for cruise lines which have had frequent norovirus problems, and keep that in mind when booking your next cruise vacation.