Cruise-ship outbreaks trending up in 2016

More vessels reporting gastrointestinal illnesses
Cruise ships reporting gastrointestinal illnesses while sailing in US waters is at its highest rate so far this year since 2010, Cruise News reports.
The number of cases rose steeply from six during the first four months of 2002 to 20 for the same period in 2004 but then steadily dropped to just four in 2011. Since then, however, they have inched upwards, reaching levels of between seven and eight in 2012-15 and 10 in 2016.
Cruise ships are required to report gastrointestinal (or GI) illnesses when levels reach 3% or more of passengers and crew with symptoms. Cases are reported to the Center for Disease Control’s Vessel Sanitation Program.
Information and reports about these outbreaks are posted on the centre’s website for the public to view.
Cruise News


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