USA – Cruise ship outbreak: Suspected Norovirus sickens scores on Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess

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A suspected norovirus outbreak has been implicated in an gastrointestinal illness outbreak on board the  Princess Cruises’ Coral Princess, according to federal health officials.

The 10-day long voyage arrived in Fort Lauderdale Saturday and according to the CDC, 157 of the 2,016 (7.79%) passengers and 25 of the 881 (2.84 %) crew were sickened presenting the symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.

In response to the outbreak, Princess Cruises and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions: Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan, collected stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing and made twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the Vessel Sanitation Program.

A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer boarded the ship in Ft. Lauderdale on March 18 to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.

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