When we hear about cruise ship illnesses, what comes to mind? Usually, it’s Norovirus. This pesky stomach virus causes inflammation of the stomach and the intestine, resulting in nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in infected individuals. Though usually not fatal, those who become sick with Norovirus may have trouble holding down food or water, which can cause them to become dehydrated and, in turn, experience greater difficulty fighting off the virus. An IV is often administered to replenish dehydrated individuals, but complications can still ensue.
Our cruise attorneys here at LMAW have seen the frequency of cruise ship Norovirus outbreaks increase over the years and have reported on several of these incidents. Yet, despite the number of times this gastrointestinal bug has plagued ships – ruining many a cruise vacation as a result, the recurrence of Norovirus outbreaks doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Continue reading