Cruise Ship Passengers Struck Down By Stomach Bug

07 October 2013

Cruise Company Fred Olsen confirmed gastroenteritis type illness abroad The Boudicca which left Belfast on Monday 23rd September

Almost 85 passengers on board a cruise ship which left Belfast late last month have been struck down by a gastroenteritis type illness.

The Boudicca left Belfast on 23 September 2013 with more than 700 passengers on board for a 10 day cruise around Scandinavia. The company which operates the cruise ship, Fred Olsen has issued a statement to confirm that a number of guests have been struck down by the condition which normally affects the stomach and bowel.

In a statement the company advised that precautions had been taken to contain the outbreak, including the closure of some public areas on board the ship. Fred Olsen went on to say that they aim to ensure the safety and health of all their passengers and would liaise with local health authorities to establish the cause of the outbreak.

Gastroenteritis is usually caused by bacteria or a virus and manifests itself in symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhoea.

The Boudicca is due to return to Northern Ireland on Thursday 3 October for an intensive clean.

If you or someone you know has contracted a bug or other illness while on board the Boudicca or another cruise ship, or indeed sustained injuries which you feel might be attributable to the negligence of the cruise provider, Worthingtons Solicitors have an experienced team of litigators who specialise in personal injury litigation who will gladly provide advice on all aspects of such claims in Northern Ireland.

Contact Claire McDaid at our Belfast office on (90434015) or Nikki McConnell at our Newtownards office on (91811538) for advice and guidance on this process

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