Floating petri dishes? Coronavirus puts cruise industry in the dock – Japan Today
“Cruise ships are very prone to outbreaks of common cold and the vomiting virus,” said John Oxford, professor of virology at Queen Mary University of London. “Invariably the ships are overcrowded and with so many passengers, hygiene levels can slip.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) logged eight outbreaks aboard cruise ships last year of the highly contagious norovirus, which causes vomiting and diarrhea — hardly the stuff of a dream holiday.
Measles, E. coli, chickenpox and salmonella poisoning have all broken out on cruises in recent years.