Contagious Stomach Bug Norovirus leaves hundreds of People Sick on a Caribbean Tour

The outbreak of the contagious vomiting and diarrhea bug affected around 277 people including both the guests and crew members on a cruise ship tour to Jamaica.  One of the world’s largest cruise ships, Oasis Of The Seas had to cut short their Caribbean tour after being hit by the virus. According to the people on board, the trip started on a good note but by Monday night, some of the guests started getting sick. A lot of people didn’t come out and preferred staying inside their rooms due to the presence of sick people out there, whereas some of the people tweeted about their distress on the social media.

The Norovirus is one of the very serious and contagious viruses that can spread even after a person is feeling better. It is also called stomach bug that causes intestinal distress leading to severe vomiting, muscle and abdominal pain, low-grade fever, nausea, diarrhea etc. and is commonly transmitted through food, water, shaking hands, while touching contaminated surfaces or by having a close contact with an infected person among other ways of spreading.

The seven day cruise of Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas departed on January 6th and will return to the Port Canaveral on Saturday, the idea of which is a relief to a large number of people who feel stuck in the middle of the ocean and are desperately waiting to get off the ship.

Containing 16 passenger decks with a capacity of carrying a maximum of around 6,200 passengers, the Royal Caribbean promised the full refunds for all of its passengers.

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