New York Personal Injury Lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm Discusses Food Safety During Cruises

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Recently, two cruise ships that were headed to the Caribbean had to cut short their trips because of norovirus outbreaks on board. New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm provides valuable tips about food safety, both for passengers and food handlers, on cruise ships.

According to the CDC, norovirus causes an estimated annual number of 19 million to 21 million illnesses, contributes to 56,000 to 71,000 hospitalizations and 570 to 800 deaths

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported two norovirus outbreaks on board cruise ships just in January. According to CDC's web site the first one occurred on the Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas where 634 of 3,071 passengers were infected with the virus. In the Caribbean Princess cruise ship, 181 out of 3,201 passengers were infected. CDC reported that all victims of the outbreak suffered symptoms of gastrointestinal illness with the predominant symptoms being vomiting and diarrhea. Both ships had to cut short their cruises and return to land as a result of the outbreaks.

According to the CDC, norovirus is a contagious virus that causes an estimated annual number of 19 million to 21 million illnesses, contributes to 56,000 to 71,000 hospitalizations and 570 to 800 deaths. CDC reports that norovirus is the most common cause of foodborne-disease outbreaks in the United States. The virus causes the stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed, which in turn leads to symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting.

"A food-borne illness outbreak can spread very quickly especially in a cruise ship where space is confined," says New York personal injury lawyer Kenneth A. Wilhelm "These types of illnesses are largely preventable, but when they do occur they cause acute pain and discomfort to the victims."

Here are a few steps cruise ship passengers can take to stay healthy during their dream vacation:

  • Check your ship's outbreak record and inspection scores before you commit to your trip. The best sources for this information are the CDC's Summary of Sanitation Inspections of International Cruise Ships and records from its inspection program available on the agency's web site,
  • Steer clear of the buffets as much as possible.
  • Do not eat any on-shore catered food. If possible, buy your own food.
  • Try to avoid shrimp and other seafood served on board.
  • Wash your hands as often as possible, especially after using the toilet and before preparing or eating food.

About the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm

The Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm is a personal injury litigation firm with an unwavering dedication to its clients. With more than 42 years of experience, our firm strives to obtain the best compensation for those who have been injured or those who have lost a loved one due to an accident or by someone else's negligence. We handle cases dealing with personal injury, medical malpractice, wrongful death, train accidents, workers' compensation, dental malpractice, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, rape, paralysis, comas, seizures, false arrest, lead poisoning, trips and slips and falls, falls on sidewalks or stairs, elevator accidents, construction accidents, Erb's palsy, cerebral palsy, brain damage, blindness, hearing loss, dog bite cases, fire and smoke inhalation accidents, bicycle accidents, falls from windows or scaffolds, food poisoning injuries, and many other types of accidents and injuries.

Please contact our New York personal injury attorneys toll free, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-WORK-4-YOU (1-800-967-5496). We can even come to you. There is no attorneys' fee unless we recover money for you. We can also help with personal injury cases in New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, or Florida. If you have been seriously injured in any of the 50 U.S. states, please call us and we will try to help you with your case.

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