Going on a cruise is the ultimate getaway. Honeymooners and families alike will escape their average lives and set sail for seemingly unlimited paradise. That is, until you suddenly notice your stomach doesn’t feel quite right or your nose is starting to run. Fantasy trip, over.
Picking up a disease on a cruise ship is unfortunately common, so taking preventative measures is a serious requirement. The next time you’re thinking of a cruise, consider these seven terrifying diseases.
1. Rubella (German measles)
Cruise ships see a lot of different parts of the world. That includes the crew members and travelers. Outbreaks of rubella, or German measles, have become more common on cruise ships, as other countries may not require routine vaccinations for the disease.
In adults, symptoms include “mild illness, with low-grade fever, sore throat, and a rash that starts on the face and spreads to the rest of the body,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Other symptoms could include “a headache, pink eye, and general discomfort before the rash appears.”
Ensure your party is up-to-date on all vaccines to prevent measles, mumps, and rubella.