(HealthDay News) -- Each year, millions of passengers embark
from North American ports on cruise vacations.
Traveling on cruise ships exposes passengers to contained
quarters and lots of other people. This means conditions may be
ripe for transmission of germs, either from contaminated food or
water, or more commonly through person-to- person contact.
The National Center for Environmental Health suggests these tips
to help prevent the spread of illness:
- Wash your hands -- before and after eating or smoking; after
touching your face or going to the bathroom, and when your hands
are simply dirty.
- Leave the area if you see someone get sick (vomiting or
diarrhea). Report the problem to cruise staff, if they haven't
already been notified.
- Take care of yourself. Get plenty of rest and drink lots of
water. Resting helps rebuild your immune system. Drinking water
helps prevents dehydration.
- Be considerate of other people's health. If you're ill before
taking a cruise, call the cruise line to determine if you can
reschedule, and if there are alternatives to losing your deposit or
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