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18 December 2012 09:25
The Oriana docked in Southampton after returning from a 10-night Baltic cruise
A cruise liner that was hit by a suspected outbreak of the norovirus has arrived back in the UK. Azura is the second ship to be hit by an outbreak in recent days, after passengers on the Oriana were affected by the highly contagious condition which can cause sudden sickness, diarrhoea, a fever, headaches and stomach cramps.
Such outbreaks may act as a timely reminder for holidaymakers to ensure they purchase appropriate
cruise insurance if they are in the process of booking cruises either for the winter season or for 2013. Both ships are operated by P&O Cruises, which confirmed there had been cases of "mild gastrointestinal illness among the passengers on Azura". Of the 3,059 passengers on board the 11-night Iberia cruise, 10 were showing active symptoms.
Norovirus most often occurs between October and April, though can arise at any time of the year, and it can be passed from person to person or by touching contaminated objects. The bug usually passes within a few days, but the need for
medical travel insurance is clear as it can easily ruin travel plans if it strikes at an inopportune time.
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