Death of Two Passengers from Virus? on Carnival Destiny Investigated by Florida Medical Examiner
November 22, 2006 - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.
Carnival said neither death was related to the virus, which had infected several guests before they boarded Nov. 3 in Rome and then spread to 536 guests and 143 crew members. Dr. Joshua Perper, Broward County's chief medical examiner, said it is too soon to say what caused the deaths. "The question is what were the symptoms preceding the heart problems," Perper said. Norovirus is a group of viruses that cause stomach flu symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting and stomach cramps, according to the CDC. The illness usually lasts one to two days without any long-term health effects. It spreads through contaminated food or liquids, by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then placing that hand in one's mouth, or through direct contact with someone who is infected and showing symptoms.