Norovirus-Infected Cruise Ship Still Heading To San Francisco

Dozens of passengers on a cruise ship sailing roundtrip between Los Angeles and San Francisco have come down with a stomach virus, officials with the cruise line said today.

A total of 37 passengers on the Crown Princess reported being ill as of today with a “mild gastrointestinal illness” thought to be caused by a norovirus, according to a statement from Karen Candy, a spokesperson for Princess Cruises.

The ship, which carries 3,161 passengers and 1,176 crewmembers, departed Los Angeles on Saturday for a roundtrip cruise to San Francisco, Candy said.

When the first cases of illness were reported, ship officials began disinfecting surfaces like railings, door handles and elevator buttons and encouraging hand washing and hand sanitizing among passengers.

They also isolated ill passengers in cabins, encouraged passengers to use their own cabin restrooms and provided information to passengers about how to stay well while onboard, Candy said.

Sara Gaiser, Bay City News

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