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Old 07-06-2007, 10:17 PM
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Caution- My daughters contracted salmonella during our cruise on the Carnival Conquest in June. I have filed complaints, but have yet to hear from the cruise line. They were both violently ill (vomiting, diarrhea, and high fevers of 103-104)for 10 days; three of which were on the ship the last days of the Western Carribean cruise. It was the worst experience of our lives. I wonder what is being done to ensure this doesn't happen to other people?!?
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:03 AM
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Reeves, Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

First off, this is an online community of people that love cruising. Very few on this Forum actually work for the cruise lines.

While I feel for your situation, I think you are going about asking your question in a negative fashion with your introductory greeting.

A Hello would be more in order. IMHO.

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Old 07-07-2007, 01:34 AM
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I wonder what is being done to ensure this doesn't happen to other people?!?
Reeves,

welcome to Cruise-Chat.com!

I agree with what IslandCruz wrote. As for your question, cruise ships operating from the U.S. most comply with extremely strict health and sanitation guidelines and are being tested by the CDC on a regular basis. "Carnival Conquest's" log show that the ship has passed all of its inspectations, the most recent one in April, 2007 with a score of 96 out of 100.

Sadly, no place on earth is 100% safe. But the food handling and sanitation standards aboard cruise ships are about as good as at all possible. As unfortunate as the experience was for you and your daughters, it is an extremely rare one.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:02 AM
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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, 05:58 AM
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I did a little research on food safety a few months ago since I did this as a wellness topic for our monthly safety meeting. I was surprised to find out that eggs can become contaminated with Salmonila inside the chicken even before the shell is formed.

So, assume the eggs are contaminated from the beginning and be sure to cook them thuroughly.


The CDC is also reporting an outbreak in several states (including Texas) that is being caused by a vegetable product. From CDC website:

"A multi-state case-control study demonstrated a strong association between illness and consumption of Veggie Booty, a snack of puffed rice and corn with a vegetable coating. CDC OutbreakNet staff shared this information with colleagues at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 27. After being informed about the outbreak by FDA, the company that manufactures the product issued a voluntary recall on June 28. Persons are advised to discard any product in their possession."
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Welcome to cruise-chat Reeves!! Just a quick question, did anyone else on the ship get salmonella??? are you sure she contracted it on the ship?? You stated you did a western caribbean cruise, did she eat anything at any of the ports?? If she was the only person who contracted this, its very possible she did not get it on the ship, and it would be hard to prove to Carnival that she did get it on their ship. I hope she is doing better at this time.

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Caution- My daughters contracted salmonella during our cruise on the Carnival Conquest in June. I have filed complaints, but have yet to hear from the cruise line. They were both violently ill (vomiting, diarrhea, and high fevers of 103-104)for 10 days; three of which were on the ship the last days of the Western Carribean cruise. It was the worst experience of our lives. I wonder what is being done to ensure this doesn't happen to other people?!?
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That was my question too...so they didn't eat or drink anything in the ports? And they were the only ones aboard the ship to contract this? Also - was salmonella confirmed by lab tests or was it an assumption?

Sorry this happened, but it shouldn't be assumed that this is a general indictment of Carnival's sanitation and food handling. I feel safer eating aboard a cruise ship than just about anywhere else.
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Hello!
I apologize if you didn't feel my greeting was appropriate. I am new to the forum (following our trip) and didn't realize there was an etiquette required for postings. Please accept my apology. My intent is simply to communicate to other cruisers our experience. I don't want anyone else to go through the violent illness my daughters endured.

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Reeves, Welcome to Cruise-Chat!

While I feel for your situation, I think you are going about asking your question in a negative fashion with your introductory greeting.

A Hello would be more in order. IMHO.

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Old 07-07-2007, 12:26 PM
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Thank you for your concern. It was actually both of my daughters (ages 8 and 13) that became ill on our 4th day into the cruise. I don't know if others were sick. During our visits to the ship's infirmary, I asked that question, but no one would disclose whether others were sick. The only port the girls were able to enjoy was Jamaica. We ordered one hamburger and split it between myself, and the two girls. Since I didn't become ill, I am certain it was not the hamburger. No food or water was consumed at any other port.


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Welcome to cruise-chat Reeves!! Just a quick question, did anyone else on the ship get salmonella??? are you sure she contracted it on the ship?? You stated you did a western caribbean cruise, did she eat anything at any of the ports?? If she was the only person who contracted this, its very possible she did not get it on the ship, and it would be hard to prove to Carnival that she did get it on their ship. I hope she is doing better at this time.

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Caution- My daughters contracted salmonella during our cruise on the Carnival Conquest in June. I have filed complaints, but have yet to hear from the cruise line. They were both violently ill (vomiting, diarrhea, and high fevers of 103-104)for 10 days; three of which were on the ship the last days of the Western Carribean cruise. It was the worst experience of our lives. I wonder what is being done to ensure this doesn't happen to other people?!?
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Old 07-07-2007, 12:30 PM
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Great question! The girls' illness went on for 10 days! Our pediatrician ordered a blood count and stool samples to determine the source of the illness. The lab results were conclusive and the findings were salmonella. So the illness is medically documented. Thank you for your question so I could clarify. No other food or drink was consumed aside form a burger we all three shared so I know it was not the burger. All other food ingested was from the ship. The kids were sick during two of the three ports.



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That was my question too...so they didn't eat or drink anything in the ports? And they were the only ones aboard the ship to contract this? Also - was salmonella confirmed by lab tests or was it an assumption?

Sorry this happened, but it shouldn't be assumed that this is a general indictment of Carnival's sanitation and food handling. I feel safer eating aboard a cruise ship than just about anywhere else.
 
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