Will New Cruise Ship Virus Vaccine Stop Norovirus?

In a report carried at WebMD and originally on Health Daily News, early trials of a new vaccine targeting the dreaded Norovirus were pretty successful.

Read the full article here at WebMD.

Here are some highlights from the article:

Researchers report that an early test of an experimental vaccine for norovirus — the cause of a stomach sickness that fells scores of cruise ship passengers and nursing home residents, among others — reduced symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea by 52 percent.

Every year, norovirus sickens 19 million to 21 million Americans — or one in 15 — and kills as many as 800, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Early results of testing an experimental vaccine for norovirus appear positive, providing optimism that a vaccine can be developed for this common cause of gastroenteritis,” said lead researcher Dr. David Bernstein, a professor of pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati.

“More testing will be necessary to ensure the vaccine is safe and effective,” he said. “If this can be duplicated in larger trials, it could lead to the availability of a new vaccine for a very common illness.”

Norovirus on Cruise Ships

Viruses, like Norovirus, can spread quickly through infected food or water, contaminated surfaces and even through the air. This can happen quickly, especially in confined spaces found aboard cruise ship where many people are in close contact with fellow passengers.

Contact a Cruise Ship Injury Lawyer

If you became sick on a cruise ship due to the #Norovirus or some other stomach virus – and you believe your sickness was caused due to the negligence of the crew or staff on the cruise ship – you may have questions that a cruise ship injury lawyer could help answer.

For more information, please contact the attorneys at Waks and Barnett, P.A. at 800-905-2891.