Stranded On Cruise Ship Why?

( – In a chilling case of a disease outbreak, thousands of people have been forced to remain aboard a cruise ship over doubts that dozens of passengers had contracted one of the deadliest infections in human history.

Over three thousand travelers and crew members found themselves stuck on the Norwegian Dawn cruise ship on Sunday because of what was feared to be a cholera outbreak.

The passengers were stranded after the vessel of the “Norwegian” cruise line arrived in Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius.

The cruise ship was banned from docking after it became clear that at least fifteen people onboard had fallen sick with cholera-like symptoms, and had been isolated, the BBC reports, cited by The Daily Caller.

The Mauritian authorities decided to stop the ship’s entry until they collect and test samples from the infected passengers.

The concerns about a possible cholera outbreak were dispelled later by the director of the Mauritius Ministry of Health hours later when the official announced that the passengers were suffering from gastroenteritis, not cholera.

The negative test results allowed the cruise ship permission to dock.

The report points out that those on the ship managed the situation well. One passenger telling the BBC in an interview that they “are taking the situation in their stride.”

Cholera pandemics have claimed the lives of millions globally. The latest cholera pandemic began in South Asia in 1961.

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings has not commented on the incident with its stranded vessel.

Two African countries, South Africa and its neighbor Zambia, are presently experiencing major cholera outbreaks.

The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies cholera as an acute diarrheal illness that can be fatal within hours if not treated.

Each year, between one and four million people contract cholera, which spreads quickly via contaminated water and food.

Nearly two hundred thousand people have been diagnosed with cholera in Southern African countries in the past year alone. About three thousand of these cases have proven fatal.