Over 100 Sick on Celebrity Equinox

By ,   February 23, 2015 ,   Cruise Industry

Over 100 passengers and crew are ill with diarrhea and vomiting aboard Celebrity Equinox. The ship is returning to Fort Lauderdale FL on a 10-day cruise, according to Dr. Ross Klein, cruise expert. 

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) reported that 95 passengers (out of 2896, which is 3.28%) and 7 crew members (out of 1209, 0.58%) became ill with noro-like symptoms during the voyage. The CDC hasn’t figured out yet whether the sickness was caused by norovirus. 

Norovirus is usually caused by contaminated water, food or surfaces, as well as by hand-to-hand contact between infected passengers or crew members. Cruise lines always blame the travelers for not washing their hands, but it is far from the only explanation.