By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Federal health officials report investigating a gastrointestinal disease outbreak on a Princess Cruises’ Caribbean Princess February 2–16, 2020 voyage.

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To date, 190 passengers and crew have experienced symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. The exact etiology of the outbreak has not been determined.

In response to the outbreak, Princess Cruises and crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:

  • Increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan.
  • Making daily Captain’s announcements and distributing written health advisories to passengers.
  • Sending daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP).
  • Collecting stool specimens from passenger and/or crew gastrointestinal illness cases and sending specimens for testing.

VSP is assisting the cruise line to investigate the causative agent and prevent further spread of illness.