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    200 passengers fall ill with norovirus on British cruise ship


    The cruise ship Balmoral, seen here in Southampton, England, in 2012.

    (CNN)More than 200 passengers on a British cruise ship have fallen ill with the gastrointestinal condition norovirus, the CDC reported.

    The CDC said 252 of 919 passengers -- 27% -- have gotten sick on the Balmoral, a ship operated by Fred Olsen Cruises and most recently docked in Maine. Eight of 520 crew members have come down with norovirus, the CDC said.

    CDC employees boarded the ship when it arrived in Baltimore April 30 to conduct an environmental health assessment, the agency reported on its website. Specimens obtained by the CDC confirmed the existence of norovirus.

    The CDC said the cruise line has increased disinfection procedures, collected stool specimens from passengers and sent the public health and sanitation manager from the cruise line's corporate office to oversee sanitation procedures.

    The cruise line put out a press release April 29 saying that "a gastro-enteritis type illness has affected a number of guests." The press release said Fred Olsen Cruises was cooperating with all investigating agencies.

    The ship left Southampton, England, April 16 for a 34-day "Old England to New England" cruise, according to the cruise line's website.

    The ship stopped in Portland, Maine, over the weekend, reported CNN affiliate WMTW. It was the first ship to visit Portland this year.

    What is norovirus?

    Portland Mayor Ethan Strimling welcomed passengers when they arrived Sunday morning, the Portland Press Herald reported.

    "I could see there were people wiping things down constantly. We got onto the elevators and they wiped the elevators down," he said.

    Norovirus is a group of related viruses that belong to the Caliciviridae family. People ingest the infectious virions, which grow in the small intestine before being expelled in faces.

    It's the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis -- often called a stomach bug -- in the United States, according to the CDC. It causes 19 million to 21 million illnesses every year, most often in crowded environments such as nursing homes, day care centers and cruise ships.

    The cruise line press release said the majority of passengers are from the United Kingdom.

    CNN's Rashard Rose contributed to this report.

    Hundreds aboard cruise ship sick with norovirus - CNN.com

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    That was a shit cruise...Happy holidays...

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    I could see there were people wiping things down constantly
    probably the low wage "foreign" kitchen staff wiping their arses with their bare hands as is their habit.

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    which grow in the small intestine before being expelled in faces.
    Now I know the technical term for being sh1t faced!

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    I could see there were people wiping things down constantly
    probably the low wage "foreign" kitchen staff wiping their arses with their bare hands as is their habit.
    More than likely all Brits/Euro [white] crew.

    Typical filthy bastards of this ilk.

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    It's possible one of them had bits of toilet tissue still stuck in their arse when they scratched it before serving dinner.

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    Maybe there were some raw oysters or... on the menu?

    Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It's also called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter,
    Noroviruses have become notorious for sending hundreds of cruise ship passengers at a time running for their respective bathrooms and for steering entire ships back to port early.
    The norovirus was originally called the Norwalk virus after the town of Norwalk, Ohio, the location of the first confirmed outbreak in 1972.

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    It's the bluddy wogs I tell ya!

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    Looks like a job for Dr. Sebi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Maybe there were some raw oysters or... on the menu?

    Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It's also called the "winter vomiting bug" because it's more common in winter,
    Noroviruses have become notorious for sending hundreds of cruise ship passengers at a time running for their respective bathrooms and for steering entire ships back to port early.
    The norovirus was originally called the Norwalk virus after the town of Norwalk, Ohio, the location of the first confirmed outbreak in 1972.
    When that number of people get hit at the same time, the first thing you look at is the food preparation.

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    Not funny. My poor mother got it on a cruise and had to be taken to hospital by ambulance when they finally docked at Southampton. Then my sister had to fly down there to help her get home.

    I think she did get some money back, eventually.

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    I've contracted it before. It's nasty. Within an hour of slightly feeling the symptoms, you begin an oral and anal purge that lasts for about 48 hours. So thirsty, but any water you drink comes right back up. You feel internally flossed and better than before you got sick in a couple more days. About 10 pounds lighter too.

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    Do Slimming World run cruises?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann
    200 passengers fall ill with norovirus on British cruise ship
    No doubt a "chicken head" crew involved. What ya think Gent?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hans Mann View Post
    Looks like a job for Dr. Sebi.
    He got put in the dog house for not being 'African' enough.

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