Just a week or so after a norovirus outbreak sickened 38 passengers on the Viking Ocean Cruises vessel, Viking Sea, federal health officials are reporting a cruise ship outbreak onboard the Feb, 7-14 voyage of the Viking Star.
Thirty-six of the 900+ passengers and one crew member were hit with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.
As of today, the causative etiology is unknown.
Viking Ocean 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 passengers and sent them for testing.
- Sent multiple daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP).
The CDC Vessel Sanitation Program is assisting the cruise line to investigate the causative agent and prevent further spread of illness.
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