The gastrointestinal infection, Norovirus, has broken out aboard a New Zealand cruise ship, Dawn Princess, with about 200 passengers infected and sickened with the outbreak.
The Dawn Princess is on a 13-day voyage with over 1,500 passengers aboard, and it was due to leave for Australia on the final lap of its voyage when the infection erupted among 200 passengers. Owned by Princess Cruises, a Miami-based Carnival Corporation, the ship has limited the movements of the infected passengers.
Isolated to the cabins as health officials take over, crew members have been tasked with disinfecting open surfaces like railings, door handles, elevator buttons, tables, and other open items. The ship officers have also enjoined all passengers to continually wash hands correctly and use sanitizing gels to limit the spread of the infection aboard the ship.
The medical health officer for Canterbury, Dr. Alistair Humphrey confirmed the outbreak is Norovirus after health officials had been tasked to conduct medical tests. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal infection that causes diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, stomach pains, and other body discomforts; and it usually passes away after about three days with maximal treatment, isolations, and medications.