DOWN FROM 19 CASES A YEAR TO JUST 4
CDC reporting significant drop
in norovirus infections on ships
By Tom Stieghorst
The number of infectious ill-
ness outbreaks on cruise ships
has dropped sharply in the last 12
months, greatly extending what had
already been a stretch of smooth
sailing for the industry.
Since July 2016, just four ships have experienced gastrointestinal illness that reached
the level of an outbreak, according to the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC),
which monitors cruise ship outbreaks.
That compares with an average of 19 out-
breaks annually from 2008 to 2014.
About 70% of the gastrointestinal outbreaks are caused by norovirus, a common
malady that lasts for several days, is easily
transmitted and comes aboard cruise ships
with passengers who are already sick.
The virus causes outbreaks in many places
where people congregate on land, such as
schools and nursing homes, but only cruise
lines have agreed to report the outbreaks to
federal health authorities.
Last year, there were 13 episodes of illness on cruise ships, according to the CDC’s
website, but only two after mid-year. They
occurred on the P&O Cruises ship Adonia,
This specialist agency in San Antonio
helps globe-trotting hunters pack heat
By Jamie Biesiada
Have Gun — Will Travel. More than just the
title of the popular late-1950s TV western,
those words also perfectly describe Steve
Turner’s line of work.
Turner, 54, is the owner of San Antonio-based Travel With Guns, an
agency focused solely on helping hunters journey with their
sporting firearms. He’s quick to note that it’s
a small niche market in which few agencies
“Most agencies, you can book [travel], but
when it comes to the firearms, that’s where
the problem lies: knowing all the rules,” he
Turner’s journey up until the 2009 open-
ing of Travel With Guns was an interesting
one, especially considering that he is not a
Though born in the U.K., Turner grew
up in South Africa, where he was exposed
early on to safaris and native wildlife. Trips
to Kruger National Park were common during school holidays. And by
the time he finished school
in Namibia, he had also been
exposed to wanderlust.
“My biggest thing that I wanted to do —
and most South African kids wanted to do
once they left school — they wanted to travel
because we were so far from everywhere,” he
said. “And at that time, it was so isolated, with
apartheid, everybody wanted to [travel].”
See GUNS on Page 64 See NOROVIRUS on Page 62
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