Federal health officials reported another cruise ship outbreak this week. According to officials, 91 passengers and crew onboard the Princess Cruises February 8–18, 2019 Island Princess voyage were stricken with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea.
The etiology of the outbreak has yet to be determined.
In response to the outbreak, Princess Cruises and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions that include increased cleaning and disinfection procedures to Level 3 according to their outbreak prevention and response plan; collected stool specimens from passenger and/or crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing and sent specimens to the CDC Calicivirus lab (for norovirus testing); made twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) and consulted with VSP on plans for their comprehensive sanitation cleaning procedures in Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on February 18, 2019.
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