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New Research Explains Spread of Food Poisoning on Cruise Ships

A machine has been invented to help researchers study the effects of vomiting and spreading infections.

Scientists at North Carolina State University used the machine, which consists of a tube replicating the throat and pushes out a vomit-like substance in the same manner as a person when vomiting.

Using MS2, a virus similar to norovirus, the machine has revealed why the norovirus spreads so quickly. Norovirus causes over 19 million deaths around the world every year. The symptoms of norovirus include vomiting and diarrhoea. Norovirus is highly contagious and spreads quickly in populated areas. Infected surfaces and contact with people suffering from the effects of the norovirus can also spread the infection. Research carried out by North Carolina State University, using the vomit machine, revealed that projectile vomiting releases virus particles into the air and can very likely cause others who breathe them in to become infected. Until now it had not been demonstrated that it had the ability to float in the air to spread.

Dr Lee-Ann Jaykus, who oversaw the study at North Carolina State University, said, "When one person vomits, the aerosolized virus particles can get into another person's mouth and, if swallowed, can lead to infection. But those airborne particles could also land on nearby surfaces like tables and door handles, causing environmental contamination. And norovirus can hang around for weeks, so anyone that touches that table and then puts their hand to their mouth could be at risk for infection.”

In short, it is wise to keep a safe distance from anyone who may have contracted norovirus.

As Travel Litigation lawyers, we have extensive experience in holiday food poisoning compensation claims. It is often the case that, in the event of food poisoning at a resort or on board a cruise ship, illness can spread quickly unless isolated. With holidaymakers living in close quarters, unless quarantined, the effects of food poisoning can cause whole holiday parties to change their plans. This new research further proves the norovirus’ ability to spread.

If there has been an outbreak of illness on board a cruise or at a holiday resort or hotel, be sure to avoid any areas where you may become infected. If you suffer food poisoning abroad, seek medical care and acquire a doctor’s note as evidence for your claim. The Travel Litigation lawyers at Slater and Gordon can help to pursue compensation claim for any damages incurred as a result of food poisoning.

Read our previous blog on how Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyers can help in liability disputes if you suffer food poisoning or a personal injury on board a cruise ship.

If you or your holiday party have suffered food poisoning on holiday our No Win, No Fee Solicitors can help you with your claim for compensation. Call us on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.

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