Norovirus outbreak sickens 150-plus on Oasis of the Seas

Lloyd Doyle
January 11, 2019

The ship, which departed from Canaveral, Florida on Thursday January 6, will now skip Cozumel, Mexico and return to Florida following an escalation of the outbreak.

Passengers have taken to social media to report on the outbreak and reveal that they have been prevented from leaving the ship. The ship, originally scheduled for a 7-night cruise, made its first stop in Haiti Tuesday where the ship hosted a lunch buffet on land, said Abby Perrin, a passenger on the ship told ABC News.

Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told AP that 'we think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health'.

According to reports, the ship arrived at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny with approximately 167 reported cases of the gastrointestinal illness. "We've been pretty much confined to our rooms". "Then we were supposed to be in Mexico tomorrow, which we were really excited about, and it turns out we're going back to Florida instead".

Alan Thomas is now aboard the ship with his spouse and two friends.

For Popeleski, who didn't get sick on the trip, there is a silver lining despite the interruption to his vacation. "At a cafe next to Guest Services last night, there was a kid vomiting in the trash can". The guest states that passengers were not let off of the ship. People contract norovirus when they come into contact with contaminated food, surfaces, or other people who have it.

"In an abundance of caution, we have made the hard decision to return to Port Canaveral, Florida, on Saturday morning, instead of visiting Cozumel, Mexico", Royal Caribbean International states in the letter.

Norovirus is a stomach bug that, according to the NHS, causes vomiting and diarrhoea and can be very unpleasant.

Norovirus has also been spreading across the United Kingdom, with a school in Hampshire having to close in December after a reported outbreak.

Officials with Royal Caribbean said they are waiting for lab results to determine if the illness is norovirus, the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States.

The cruise company said the ship is scheduled to return to Florida on Saturday.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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