UCL News


Second cruise ship struck by virus

1 June 2006

A cruise liner has cut short its voyage around the Mediterranean after a virus struck down more than 200 passengers.

It is the second time in less than a week that a viral outbreak has hit a cruise liner. …

Dr Emma Aarons [UCL Virology] said that viral outbreaks on board ships were not uncommon.

"If an infected individual brings it into a closed community, such as a cruise ship, then it can spread very readily," she said. "Once it is on board the way to avoid it is by careful hygiene.

"This virus does not kill people but it is an inconvenience for a day or so.

"It can be quite difficult to decontaminate boats and cleaning needs to be systematic to ensure that the virus is removed."

Anil Dawar
, 'Daily Telegraph'