Cruise Ship Passengers and Crew Sick with Stomach Flu

Public Health Department Monitoring Outbreak

Originally published 11:30 a.m., April 9, 2014
Updated 2:00 p.m., April 9, 2014
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Dozens of passengers and crew members aboard the Crown Princess cruise ship that recently docked in Santa Barbara are sick with the Norovirus — a very contagious, often violent case of the stomach flu — the Public Health Department announced on Wednesday. Public Health Director Doctor Takashi Wada boarded the ship Wednesday morning and found that the vessel has heightened its sanitation protocols and “is taking all of the necessary precautions.” The ill passengers and staff have been isolated in their cabins, and the unaffected passengers were allowed to get off the boat. As of Tuesday morning, 37 individuals were ill, but that number rose to 83 by Wednesday, according to a statement from the company. Thousands are aboard the cruise ship, which departed from Los Angeles last Saturday.


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Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 12:11 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Noro is horrible… had it many years ago. As a health standard, all cruise ships are well prepared for it now and have sanitation stations all over the place. Nothing for Santa Barbara to get too up in a lather about.

agape1 (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 12:20 p.m. (Suggest removal)

With these things being commonplace among cruise ships, I'm surprised the business is still profitable. What was once your only option of transportation is now used to joy cruise, packed in like hamsters in a cage.

spacey (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 12:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Very contagious" indeed!

"Vomiting, in particular, transmits infection effectively, and appears to allow airborne transmission. In one incident, a person who vomited spread infection right across a restaurant, suggesting that many unexplained cases of food poisoning may have their source in vomit.[19] 126 people were dining at six tables in December 1998; one woman vomited onto the floor. Staff quickly cleaned up, and people continued eating. Three days later others started falling ill; 52 people reported a range of symptoms, from fever and nausea to vomiting and diarrhea."

Note: It takes THREE DAYS after being infected to show symptoms. So the cruise ship docked here with several thousand passengers(!) and are allowing them to disembark and share their experiences with us. No one knows how many of these passengers are carrying the virus. Happy Days!

SamRedDog (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 1:21 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They should've been quarantined.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 1:38 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does Frank Hotchkiss still take credit for these ship visits now?

John_Adams (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 2:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Does the bed tax include the day long inspections? Won't reported incidents affect our overall travel guide grades? Has any tourist test samples been taken?
Think they''ll leave a floater in the channel just out of spite?
Does anyone else feel silly worrying about germs out at sea when the they're coming at us like vomiting zombies? Would you take on a dare to swim in our nourished beachfront? Has anyone laid eyes on D-POD?

touristunfriendly (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 5:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

They should've been quarantined. Cruise ships represent SB's REAL green policy.

Norovirus may have a prolonged infection period that starts even before a patient gets sick. There is a short lag or incubation period (up to two days) between the time that people acquire the virus and the time they get symptoms. People may be contagious during this period. All people are contagious while they are having symptoms.

Although the most contagious period is over when the patient's symptoms resolve, even some people who appear to have recovered completely after a norovirus infection may continue to shed the virus for weeks in their stool and may be a source of infection to others. People with compromised immune systems (for example, those receiving chemotherapy or undergoing organ transplant) may shed the virus for months.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
April 9, 2014 at 5:29 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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