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In a follow-up to the initial report on the Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Sunshine norovirus outbreak earlier this week, CDC Vessel Sanitation Program officials put the case count up to 178 as the cruise ship docks in Port Canaveral, FL today.



Of the 3001 passengers on board, 173 have been taken ill by the contagious gastrointestinal virus (5.76%). The number of crew affected remains at five.

In 2016, five cruise ship voyages have been investigated by the CDC VSP, three with confirmed norovirus and two with a still unknown etiology.

Although cruise ship outbreaks, particularly with norovirus, the so-called “cruise ship virus”, receive much media attention, the fact is, it accounts for a small number of total cases.

In January, a study was published by the CDC and they found from 2008 to 2014, among 73,599,005 passengers on cruise ships during 2008–2014, a total of 129,678 (0.18%) cases of acute gastroenteritis were reported during outbreak and nonoutbreak voyages; among 28,281,361 crew members, 43,132 (0.15%) cases were reported. Only a small proportion of those cases were part of a norovirus outbreak.

Norovirus, the most common causative agent of outbreaks, accounted for 14,911 cases among passengers and crew members during 2008–2014, 0.01% of the estimated number of norovirus cases in the United States during the study period.



  1. I was on that cruise. I had norovirus symptoms and my wife also, My wife was bed ridden with the norovirus for 2 days. The triage nurse refused to list us as norovirus victims and even to confirm that was what my wife had or treat my wife for her fever that she had. We are not in that count listed by the CDC.

  2. Diana Novich says:

    We were on that cruise also. There was also a respiratory illness going around the ship too. People coughing all over everyone.
    My husband started 4 days before we arrived back to port Canaveral . He went to walk in clinic once we came home that day 101 fever and a upper respiratory illness. On antibiotics now.

  3. Amy Wrightz says:

    We were on the ship as well. Completely odd about Carnival “not” reporting it. When you walked into the infirmary there was a CDC form that was mandatory to fill out regardless if you had stomach or respiratory illness. My husband had it, we spent an hour in the infirmary and each and every passenger and crew member was given the CDC form to fill out. I do believe the CDC count is low as we witnessed one passenger actually leave who had symptoms because he did not want to wait to be seen. Hence, the count could be low because people chose not to self report to the infirmary. My husband was quarantined to his room, rightfully so, but that gentleman we can only assume went about his normal activities spreading germs about the ship. I was fortunate and did not catch the norovirus. However, I agree with Diana about the respiratory illness, when we arrived home yesterday I went to a pharmacy clinic with what I thought was a sinus infection but apparently I had an ear infection and my husband is calling the DR today as he has been hacking and coughing for the last few days now. It happens in close quarters and the only precaution is good hand washing and being aware of the ease of spreading. For example, do not touch the handrails on the steps, sanitize after pushing an elevator button, wash your hands before you literally eat off your plate if you use say the salt shaker or tongs someone else was exposed to. This is common sense regardless if it is on a cruise ship. We were recently at a BBQ place which had 5 different BBQ sauces on our table to use – think about it. How many people that day touched those bottles before I touched it to put sauce on my plate and then ate my food? Urgh. We love to cruise, we all need to be more courteous and aware of the importance of hand washing to minimize the transmittal of such illnesses. Hope all of our fellow cruisers are feeling better!

  4. Dawn says:

    Seriously, there is a mandatory form from the CDC regardless of whether or not it is a stomach or respiratory illness? I’ve heard it all now. It must be so they can over inflate their bogus statistics. I recently read that they tally over-the-counter pharmacy products too. Probably for the same reason. Does anybody stop to think about why these same CDC officials then go work for the drug companies? No conflict of interest there. Such a lucrative business.

  5. amy says:

    Just got off the sailing after that we left 3-5-2016 over 100 cases noro again and upper respiratory illnesses as well.

  6. amy says:

    Called the health dept in Brevard hopefully they will get the ship thoroughly cleaned as it should have been before they released it.

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