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Royal Caribbean Cruise Norovirus Outbreak

Over 100 guests have contracted Norovirus on Royal Caribbean's Vision of the Seas cruise ship. The ship just returned to Port Everglades, Florida today after 105 guests and 3 crew members became afflicted with Norovirus, a gastrointestinal illness, on its last sailing. In an official statement by Royal Caribbean, it discussed that it had conducted an enhanced cleaning onboard the ship to help prevent the spread of the illness from affecting the subsequent sailing.

This is not the first a Norovirus outbreak has affected Royal Caribbean's cruise ships. Last winter, both Royal Carribbean and Princess Cruise Lines were forced to delay and alter itineraries after hundreds of passengers were sickened by Norovirus outbreaks.

Norovirus is an infection that affects the stomach and intestines and causes an illness called gastroenteritis. The illness often begins very suddenly and causes symptoms of nausea, stomach cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea. Although most people with Norovirus recover quickly, it can result in hospitalization or death. According to the Center for Disease Control, Norovirus is the cause of over 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year in the United States.

A Norovirus infection spreads through the vomit and stool of infected people and can spread quickly in crowded closed places such as cruise ships and hotels. You can get infected by eating food or drinking liquids that are contaminated, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with Norovirus, or having direct contact with someone who is infected.

The law firm of Dreyer Boyajian LLP successfully certified a class action lawsuit for a large group of people that were sickened by a Norovirus outbreak at a water park in upstate New York. In that case, more than 600 people were sickened at the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge & Indoor Waterpark as a result of a Norovirus outbreak. There, many of the victims were children who suffered relatively brief, but violent periods of illness.

Cruise ships, hotels, waterparks and other businesses that serve large groups of people may be held liable in court for negligence in failing to take steps to prevent disease outbreaks, or for adequately cleaning up from them after they become known.  If you or a loved one has been sickened in an outbreak, it is important for you to preserve your legal rights by contacting an experienced attorney.  Contact Dreyer Boyajian LLP today at (518) 463-7784, if you would like to discuss a potential case.

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