A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned earlier than planned after more than 600 people on board suffered food poisoning due to a norovirus outbreak. According to a CNN news report, the Explorer of the Seas cruise ship that left January 21, 2014 from Cape Liberty, New Jersey shortened its trip by two days. Officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say more than 600 people, including passengers and crewmembers, became ill with various food-poisoning symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.
Symptoms of Norovirus Infection
Norovirus is an extremely contagious virus that is commonly caused by contaminated food or water. When individuals become infected, their stomach and intestines can become inflamed resulting in nausea, diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting. In most cases, norovirus symptoms will only last for a couple of days. But the infection can have serious consequences for young children and the elderly.
According to the CDC, norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Approximately 20 million illnesses are attributed to norovirus annually. The majority of patients suffering from norovirus infection get better on their own, but about 56,000 to 71,000 people are hospitalized after contracting it and up to 800 people are killed every year as a result of norovirus infections.
Preventing Norovirus Infections
It is the responsibility of all food manufacturers, processers and servers to ensure that the food is stored in a clean environment at the right temperatures. There are many precautions that can be taken to prevent this type of food poisoning:
• Wash your hands. It is especially important to wash after using the toilet or changing diapers. It is also vital that you wash your hands before and after handling food.
• Wash produce. You can reduce your chances of contracting or spreading the norovirus by washing fruits and vegetables before preparing and eating them.
• Cook your food properly. It is important that foods, particularly meats, are cooked thoroughly before eating.
• Clean up. Norovirus can spread through the infected person’s vomit. If an infected person has thrown up, the area should be cleaned and disinfected completely.
Protect Your Rights
If you or a loved one has suffered health complications as a result of food poisoning, please contact the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm who can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Please contact us TOLL FREE 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). WE CAN EVEN COME TO YOU. There is no attorneys’ fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.
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Source: CNN, CDC
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