More than 150 people affected by Norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise

  • More than 150 people affected by Norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise

More than 150 people affected by Norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise

The ship left Port Canaveral on Florida's Atlantic Coast on Sunday.

Passengers have taken to social media to report on the outbreak and reveal that they have been prevented from leaving the ship.

"We are bringing additional medical staff on board and we're engaging in intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of any further issues", a spokesperson for the cruise line said, adding that affected passengers are being treated with over-the-counter medications by the Oasis' medical team.

Owen Torres, a spokesman for Royal Caribbean, which operates the vessel, said: "We think the right thing to do is get everyone home early rather than have guests worry about their health".

According to reports, the ship arrived at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny with approximately 167 reported cases of the gastrointestinal illness. Now it is on its way back to Florida. "We've been pretty much confined to our rooms".

Alan Thomas is now aboard the ship with his spouse and two friends. "At a cafe next to Guest Services last night, there was a kid vomiting in the trash can".

The man shared that the Jamaican government wouldn't let anyone off the ship.

Since 2001, half of all outbreaks were caused by a new strain of the highly contagious norovirus.

Almost 300 passengers on one of the world's largest cruise ships are seeing their vacations cut short after a norovirus outbreak spread through Royal Caribbean International's Oasis of the Seas. People contract norovirus when they come into contact with contaminated food, surfaces, or other people who have it.

Norovirus is the leading cause of foodborne illness in the US, according to CDC.

Thomas also posted a letter that Goran Peterson, Master of the Oasis of the Seas, sent to guest on the cruise before they canceled the cruise altogether. Although shipboard outbreaks cause headlines, norovirus has also occurred at schools, conferences and in hotels.

According to the reports, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines acknowledged, in a statement, that over 150 cases of Norovirus were confirmed.

"Our guests sail with us to have great vacations, and we are sorry this cruise fell short", Torres said.