CDC: Norwalk cases double


shipCDC: Norwalk cases double — Talk about seasick. Over the past two months the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has received reports of 10 cruise ships stricken with outbreaks of gastrointestinal problems — more than double the number recorded during the same period a year ago. The latest case is Holland America’s Veendam, which sailed out of Tampa on Jan 15. According to the CDC, on Sunday the vessel reported that 107 of its 1,220 passengers — or 8.8 percent — had become sick. Illness rates of 3 percent or higher are considered an outbreak.

Marriott orders 628,000 new beds — Hotel company Marriott International Inc. plans to replace 628,000 beds by the end of the year to add more pillows, softer sheets and better mattresses. The hotel operator said Tuesday the project will cost $190 million and use 30 million yards of fabric. The beds will be changed at about 2,400 hotels worldwide operating under eight different Marriott brand names.

Study: anti-missile system too expensive — It would cost $11 billion to install anti-missile systems on America’s 6,800 commercial airliners, and billions more to maintain the unproven systems, a study said Tuesday. According to the RAND study, the U.S. government should postpone a decision on installing the devices until they are more economical and reliable.

Ohio airport goes to the dogs — Lunken Airport doesn’t have nearly the problem it used to have with Canada geese and other waterfowl. Airport management has done several things to keep the runways clear of birds: pumping water from marshy areas and keeping the grass cut shorter so geese won’t find Lunken such a desirable landing site. A great deal of the kudos, however, belong to Buddy, an 8-year-old border collie mix. “He’ll run off anything we tell him to,” says Mike Brenner, acting airport manager.

Smart ways to be your own agent — Recent news of cheap airfares may have caught your attention. Who wouldn’t be impressed with an $85 fare one-way from Los Angeles to New York? Sure, the numbers are great, but when you call an airline’s reservations desk with your dates of travel you often get a quote that is many times that amount.

No Starbucks fix at Sky Harbor — Travelers headed out of Sky Harbor International Airport early Tuesday had to do without their morning Starbucks fix. The airport’s three terminals stopped selling coffee and fountain drinks such as soda. Food is being prepared with bottled water.