June 23, 2014
Norovirus: More Risk On Land
An individual is 1000 times more likely to
contact Norovirus on land then at sea
LIGHTNING RELEASES (6/23/2014) – Norovirus and cruises have greater association in misguided perceptions than in fact. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) only about 1% of Norovirus outbreaks occur on cruise ships.
Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can affect anyone. It is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the U.S. affecting nearly 20 million people annually. An individual is 1,000 times more likely to contract Norovirus on land than at sea.
Helpful information may be found at the CDC website as well as excellent articles on the subject: Norovirus – What You Need to Know at cruisecritic.com
and NBC NEWS Norovirus: Think Restaurants, Not Cruise Ships, CDC Says by Jonel Aleccia.
Most major cruise lines participate in the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program and must meet stringent guidelines and inspections. Prevention education and the actual facts should take cruisers’ concern off illness and back to concentrating on the fun of cruising!
For information: Chuck Sharp, 214-872-9053 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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