Stomach Bug Sends Second Cruise Ship Home Early

Another outbreak of the nasty norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug, has sent a second Caribbean cruise ship home early this week. This time it was a Princess cruise that headed back to a Houston-area port a day early with a confirmed case of norovirus that had sickened 181 passengers and 11 crew members on board. Earlier in the week, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to New Jersey after a fast-moving bug sickened nearly 700. On Friday, the Centers …

Virus Alert: 200 Sickened at Yellowstone, Grand Teton

Two of the country’s most beautiful national parks are reporting an ugly outbreak of illness. The National Park Service is warning visitors going to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks this summer to make an extra effort to wash their hands. In an announcement this week, the park service said 200 people, including visitors and park workers, have been stricken with norovirus, a nasty gastrointestinal illness that is highly contagious. Those sickened were visiting the park in northwestern Wyoming as …

More Misery: Norovirus Stomach Bug Spreading

This is turning out to be a miserable winter for staying healthy. First it was the flu epidemic, and now comes word that a new, severe strain of norovirus – also called the winter vomiting bug or the cruise-ship virus – has spread from Australia to Europe to Canada to the U.S. Australian newspapers say the new norovirus, first identified in Sydney last March, has killed nursing home residents from California to Japan, kept cruise ships carrying suspected patients docked …