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Old 07-07-2007, 12:37 PM
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Thank you for your concern!!! :0)
The girls are improving now...We have been back for 14 days now from the dreaded trip. They still do not have a healthy appetite and little energy. They nap alot after any activity. I never knew that food poisoning like this could be so devastating. With them both being young, it really took its toll on both girls. They lost 5 pounds in 6 days (They only weighed 55 and 85 pounds respectively). So that is a huge weight loss in a short amount of time. The oldest dehydrated after only 36 hours after the onset of symptoms and had to get an IV onboard the Conquest. This experience has made our entire family never want to get onboard a ship again!
Thank you for asking about their current condition!
Originally posted by Spritfilled:
Welcome to cruise chat, so sorry to hear about your daughters, how are they doing now? Have you heard anything yet?
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:39 PM
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These things happen, and they can happen at the best restaurants in the world as well as at greasy spoons. Without any objective proof that it was caused by something they ate on the ship, you will not get anything from Carnival. And really, I can't blame them from a business perspective. There was no "outbreak" on the ship and you had left the ship in at least one port. Resistance is another issue. That burger may have been contaminated but you managed to get by. It has happened before. And it needn't just be food or water. Sodas, just touching a contaminated table or railing, etc. Too many options for picking up the bacteria.

But was this verified to be salmonella, or is this an assumption based on symptoms?

Cruise ships have to report any outbreaks of illnesses to the CDC. If they try to cover up something it can be very bad for them.
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Old 07-07-2007, 01:19 PM
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Cruise ships have to report any outbreaks of illnesses to the CDC. If they try to cover up something it can be very bad for them.

what Dave writes is correct. So far, no reports of Gastrointestinal Illnesses have been issued for "Carnival Conquest" since December, 2002 so the ship's record is very good, indeed.
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Raoul Fiebig

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Old 07-07-2007, 04:37 PM
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I am sad to hear about your situation. Good luck with Carnival; but they are a major corporation and anything you want to do against them legally must be in the state of Florida. With many food borne illnesses, the same thing will affect young children and seniors but not adults (immune system like Dave said); so it may be tough to proove it was not the hamburger.

Good Luck and I hope to see you posting here in the future under better circumstances.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:00 PM
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I vote it was the burger. Food contaminating tends to hit young children, elderly and the people with compromised immune systems a lot more often and much worse than a healthy adult.

If there was no outbreak on the ship, it was the burger. Just because you didn't get sick doesn't mean the meat was not contaminated. Your body could handle the contamination. Your daughters were probably too young to fight off the bacteria.

Unfortunate but Carnival will not assume responsibility unless there is absolute proof that the contamination occurred on the ship. And, even then, I am not sure what their liability would be.

Sorry this happened but it could have occurred anywhere.
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