Norovirus outbreak confirmed on cruise ship that visited Maui

Published: May. 8, 2015 at 5:34 PM HST|Updated: May. 8, 2015 at 8:58 PM HST
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LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - A cruise ship that was docked in Maui on Thursday was verified by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to have norovirus activity.

The outbreak was reported aboard the Star Princess, which made stops in Honolulu; Nawiliwili, Kauai; Hilo; and Lahaina, Maui. Health officials said the passengers were quarantined and never left the ship. As a result, norovirus activity in Hawaii is unlikely.

A spokeswoman for Princess Cruises said a total of about 100 passengers were affected by the virus over several days. She said as of Friday afternoon, only 20 passengers had norovirus symptoms and were quarantined, and that crew members had followed the cruise line's protocols to contain the virus and disinfect the ship to keep it from spreading.

According to the CDC website, norovirus is highly contagious and can be contracted through contact with an infected person, touching contaminated surfaces or consuming contaminated food or water. The virus can cause vomiting, stomach pain, nausea and diarrhea. Norovirus is also known as "stomach flu" or "food poisoning."

CDC says the outbreak began before the ship entered Hawaii. 

The ship left Maui on Thursday.

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