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Issue Paper Sick Cruises During the recent months there have been over 1000 sick passengers and crews aboard different cruise ships The contracted illness is a Norwalk-like virus which is a number illnesses that can cause diarrhea stomach pain and vomiting for 24 to 48 hours The virus can be passed through contaminated food and water but health officials determined that it was contracted from person-to-person contact on the ship and began with an infected person on previous cruise Cruise companies are resolving this by putting the ships out of service and disinfecting them thoroughly Despite the cleaning ships are still coming back with hundreds of sick people The CDC Centers for Disease Control found no problems with food handling and potable water systems on the ship Health officials must come up with a better sanitation program to ensure that ships are clean thoroughly before passengers and crews aboard Everyone that board the ship should be tested for the illness a few days in advance Disinfecting the ship will also help to provide for a sanitized and safe environment Stakeholders Travelers Making sure no one is sick before going on the cruise and if people are sick on the cruise then have them treated by a specialist on board right away Travel Agents Make sure customer is satisfied with the trip even if they are sick Might offer a refund or free voucher to another if trip is unsatisfactory Health Officials Ensure there are ships are disinfected before each cruise Encourage everyone on ship to wash hands more often Cruise employees All employees should wash hands often Especially before handling food and any objects on the ship Questions to ask Do this happen every year What have been done in the past How is this virus treated At what time of the cruise do people start getting sick Are people on the island infected Scrubbing
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