Posted: Feb 14, 2013 5:49 PM by Chris Welty
Updated: Feb 14, 2013 6:29 PM
Passengers on the Carnival Triumph are in close quarters and with reports of sewage issues and deteriorating conditions on board, the threat of illness is a strong possibility.
For nearly four days, passengers have experienced what they say are miserable conditions. Lafayette Doctor Indria Gautam says one of the greatest concerns for passengers is respiratory illnesses like the cold and flu.
"In addition to that, because you are on a cruise ship, there is a risk for things that can cause problems to your stomach or cause you to have diarrhea."
Passengers have reported sewage backing up and having to use the bathroom in plastic bags. With such poor conditions and limited food, bacterial infections are also a possibility.
"E-Coli, salmonella, shigella are all bacterial infections that cause diarrhea, bloody diarrhea, fever, abdominal pains," said Dr. Gautam.
The mental state of passengers is also a concern, but it's important to know fact from rumor and not let it take over your life.
Dr. Gautam also says, "One of the best stress relievers is exercising, taking a break, listening to music and talking about what's going on. At least for the couple of weeks, you want to be aware of new changes."
Doctors say depending on how serious your symptoms are you can take over the counter medications, but if your symptoms are quite serious and do persists, it's best to contact your doctor.