Infection brings cruise ship to a halt as hundreds become ill
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (NBC) – While many passengers are still thinking about a disastrous mess with Carnival, another cruise ship is making headlines after U.S. health inspectors had to go on board.
Officials boarded a Royal Caribbean Cruise Ship to investigate a possible norovirus outbreak.
More than 300 passengers and crew members of “The Explorer of the Seas” cruise ship have reportedly become ill.
The cruise liner stopped midway through a 10 day journey from New Jersey to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten.
According to the cruise line, passengers reported vomiting and diarrhea after coming on board.
The CDC says those who fell ill showed symptoms of the fast-spreading infection.
Norovirus is a highly contagious bug that is typically spread through contaminated food or water.
Currently, there is not a known cause for the outbreak on the ship.
Officials stopped the liner in Puerto Rick for “extensive and thorough sanitizing” to kill the bug.