Sickness bug hits cruise passengers
The norovirus sickness bug has struck again on a cruise ship, with dozens of passengers confined to their cabins.
The illness, which has plagued voyages in recent years, has affected around 60 passengers, including some Britons, on the Princess Cruises' vessel Diamond Princess sailing in the Far East.
The 60 unwell holidaymakers - mainly Americans - were unable to leave the ship when it stopped at Shanghai in China today as part of of a 16-day cruise which has included stops in Hong Kong and Singapore.
John Lloyd, 69, from Stevenage, Hertfordshire, told The Sun newspaper: "We're copped up here with this virus. It has been hellish. It was supposed to be a trip of a lifetime."
A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said today that Chinese health authorities had confirmed the cause of the sickness as norovirus "which is currently circulating widely throughout certain parts of the world and which is extremely contagious".
She went on: "We are working closely with the Chinese health authorities who are sailing with the ship until her arrival in Xingang (in China) on Friday.
"The ship is currently undergoing an extensive sanitisation to contain any further spread of the illness, and we have planned additional enhanced ship disinfection for the turnaround in Xingang."
Norovirus is the most common form of stomach upset and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It normally lasts between one and three days.
It has broken out on a number of cruise voyages this decade.
- 1 Is your name now 'banned' in Saudi Arabia?
- 2 Best films on Netflix: 32 movies that will put an end to your scrolling
- 3 Istanbul protesters take 'Ellen selfie' from the back of a police van
- 4 Missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Jet ‘hijacking’ began soon after take-off
Katie Hopkins continues campaign to become Britain's most hated talking head with poorly timed Bob Crow tweet
No EU referendum under Labour: Ed Miliband to reveal that vote on membership is ‘unlikely’ in next Parliament if party wins power
Grace Dent: Who cares if she spells it Barraco Barner? Gemma Worrall is more employable than some bookish arts graduate
Europeans have ‘got whiter’ due to natural selection in past 5,000 years, scientists say
Fracking is turning the US into a bigger oil producer than Saudi Arabia
The rise of Ukip: Study warns Labour that Eurosceptic party's electoral base now 'more working class than any of the main parties'
£30000 - £35000 per annum: Flight Centre Limited: Exceptional opportunity for ...
£23000 - £27000 per annum + Award-Winning Benefits: Flight Centre Limited: Exc...
£25000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: Opportunity for a B...
£20000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits: Corporate Traveller: We're looking for t...