Multiple Passengers Ill aboard the Norwegian Star

January 22, 2014
By Keith Brais & Richard Rusak on January 22, 2014 10:21 AM | | Comments (0)

Norwegian Star Illness Outbreak.jpgNot long into the New Year and cruise ships are starting to return to port with illness outbreaks. The CDC recently reported an outbreak has occurred on the Norwegian Star, a 965 foot cruise ship, operated by Miami based NCL. The CDC investigation lists 130 passengers and 12 crew members have come down with illness consisting of vomiting and diarrhea. NCL, in response to the outbreak, increased cleaning and disinfection procedures, warned the passengers about the outbreak and collected stool samples for later analysis by the CDC. The CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers and an epidemiologist boarded the ship on arrival in Miami on January 19, 2014 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Specimens were sent to the CDC lab for testing.

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