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Vol 65, No 1 (2014)
MARITIME MEDICINE Case reports
Published online: 2014-03-24
Submitted: 2014-03-24
Accepted: 2014-03-24
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Acute gastroenteritis and video camera surveillance: a cruise ship case report

Arthur L. Diskin, Gina M. Caro, Eilif Dahl
DOI: 10.5603/MH.2014.0005
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International Maritime Health 2014;65(1):20-22.

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Vol 65, No 1 (2014)
MARITIME MEDICINE Case reports
Published online: 2014-03-24
Submitted: 2014-03-24
Accepted: 2014-03-24

Abstract

A ‘faecal accident’ was discovered in front of a passenger cabin of a cruise ship. After proper cleaning of the area the passenger was approached, but denied having any gastrointestinal symptoms. However, when confronted with surveillance camera evidence, she admitted having the accident and even bringing the towel stained with diarrhoea back to the pool towels bin. She was isolated until the next port where she was disembarked. Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) caused by Norovirus is very contagious and easily transmitted from person to person on cruise ships. The main purpose of isolation is to avoid public vomiting and faecal accidents. To quickly identify and isolate contagious passengers and crew and ensure their compliance are key elements in outbreak prevention and control, but this is difficult if ill persons deny symptoms. All passenger ships visiting US ports now have surveillance video cameras, which under certain circumstances can assist in finding potential index cases for AGE outbreaks.

Abstract

A ‘faecal accident’ was discovered in front of a passenger cabin of a cruise ship. After proper cleaning of the area the passenger was approached, but denied having any gastrointestinal symptoms. However, when confronted with surveillance camera evidence, she admitted having the accident and even bringing the towel stained with diarrhoea back to the pool towels bin. She was isolated until the next port where she was disembarked. Acute gastroenteritis (AGE) caused by Norovirus is very contagious and easily transmitted from person to person on cruise ships. The main purpose of isolation is to avoid public vomiting and faecal accidents. To quickly identify and isolate contagious passengers and crew and ensure their compliance are key elements in outbreak prevention and control, but this is difficult if ill persons deny symptoms. All passenger ships visiting US ports now have surveillance video cameras, which under certain circumstances can assist in finding potential index cases for AGE outbreaks.
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Keywords

acute gastroenteritis, isolation, security video camera surveillance, cruise medicine

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Title

Acute gastroenteritis and video camera surveillance: a cruise ship case report

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 65, No 1 (2014)

Pages

20-22

Published online

2014-03-24

DOI

10.5603/MH.2014.0005

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2014;65(1):20-22.

Keywords

acute gastroenteritis
isolation
security video camera surveillance
cruise medicine

Authors

Arthur L. Diskin
Gina M. Caro
Eilif Dahl

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