Norovirus

Cruise Ship Outbreak ‘One of Largest in 20 Years’

Posted on 01/31/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthAnother 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

Posted on 06/20/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthTwo 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

Posted on 01/17/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThis 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 …

Healthy Travel

Posted on 02/8/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWith the recent outbreak of norovirus aboard two cruise ships, let’s take a bit of a look at maintaining health during travel.  Getting out and about is great fun, and with a few bits of choice knowledge, you can make your trip safer as well. Airplanes are one instance that presents several situations, from cramped quarters to low air pressures. So the guy next to you is sneezing like crazy the whole flight and you feel like you just walked …

The Cruise Ship Virus — And How To Avoid It

Posted on 02/7/2012 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe norovirus — a nasty little bug that causes stomach upset similar to food poisoning — sickened passengers and crew on three cruise ships sailing out of Florida and Louisiana this past weekend, requiring the ships to delay departure while they underwent special disinfection. Nearly 500 passengers got sick on two Princess Cruises ships based out of Fort Lauderdale, and about 200 fell ill on Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, sailing from New Orleans, forcing all three ships to …