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Viral gastroenteritis sickens hundreds on cruise ships

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 23 November 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1192
  1. Fred Charatan
  1. Florida

    Cruise ship companies are advising passengers to wash their hands after several outbreaks of gastroenteritis among travellers. But they deny that the problem is caused by anything on the ships.

    Since last May, passengers on at least 10 US cruise ships sailing from ports as far apart as Seattle, Vancouver, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Barcelona, and the United Kingdom have been infected with the virus, which is similar to the Norwalk virus (also known as winter vomiting virus). It has infected at least 1400 passengers and crew on the 10 ships.

    US cruise lines are required …

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