Illness spreads on cruise ship

A 10-day cruise to the Caribbean came to an early end.

Nearly 650 passengers and crew members fell sick from a mystery illness. It is a case the CDC is calling the worst outbreak in nearly 20 years.

Under the best of circumstances, these kinds of outbreaks are bound to happen. Cruise ships are a concentration of passengers that are in a confined space where there is a lot of constant interaction and that close interaction promotes the transmission of this virus which is transmitted very readily from person to person.

To help prevent transmission, sick passengers were asked to stay confined to their rooms and were encouraged to call for complimentary room service to stay fed and hydrated.

Back in the dining room, one passenger says there were no more self-service buffets.

Washing hands is critical. The virus can contaminate a surface for days, landing on hands, then travelling to the mouth and causing infection.

When the ship finally arrived back in port, Royal Caribbean says staff will confirm that any traces of the illness are eliminated.

For their Caribbean cruise gone wrong, the company says passengers will get a 50 percent refund, and a 50 percent credit towards the their next cruise ship booking.

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