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You've heard it in the news: cruise ships returning to shore prematurely
because of the Norwalk Virus. While none of our partner cruise liners have
fallen prey to a Norwalk epidemic, we asked a travel doctor for some advice.
"Norwalk virus spreads in the community, and only becomes a problem
quickly on a boat because everyone stays in one location for a period of
time," said Dr. Robert McLellan, a former cruise doctor who advises patients
at the Equinox Travel Health Clinic in Portsmouth, N.H.
According to Dr. McLellan, symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting, and
last for about two days. His advice is the same any smart mother would give:
"the most important thing is good hand-washingand often."
Dr. McLellan offered other tips.