Cruise ship workers often get ill while on ships that embark from the New York City area. This occupation might seem glamorous, but there are risks. One of them is catching certain illnesses. Learning about common cruise ship illnesses can help you guard your health while at work.
Traveling the world is exciting, but it exposes you to regional illnesses. Many illnesses are rare in the U.S. but common abroad. Cruise ships visiting Africa are prone to yellow fever outbreaks. Chickenpox and rubella can occur on European cruises.
Cruise ship workers should remain current with their vaccinations. It’s also helpful to know the cruise destination ahead of time and if any specific vaccination is recommended.
The flu is a worldwide illness. And it can spread quickly around a confined space such as a cruise ship. You can’t prevent people from catching the flu. But to protect yourself, you might consider getting a flu vaccination before your next cruise. Good hygiene, such as keeping your hands clean can also help.
Food poisoning is among the group of common cruise ship injuries and illnesses. Symptoms of food poisoning include vomiting and diarrhea. Abdominal cramps, fever and muscle pain can also accompany food poisoning.
Even if you haven’t eaten tainted food, it’s possible to get sick. If you touch a surface that’s contaminated with a virus such as a Norovirus (a cause of foodborne illnesses), you can become infected. Good hygiene and following food safety guidelines can reduce the chance of developing a foodborne illness.
Staying safe on a cruise ship
Safety is important when working on a cruise ship. And employers are responsible for creating a safe working environment.