Some 73 passengers and crew on a current Holland America Cruise lines, Zaandam voyage have been stricken with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea. The outbreak was reported just four days into June 18 to July 2 Alaskan voyage.
The vessel was docked in Juneau Friday. Approximately 2,000 people are onboard the 800 foot ship.
The etiology of the outbreak is unknown right now. Specimens have been collected and tested onboard using a norovirus rapid test; results were negative for norovirus. The specimens will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for additional testing.
In response to the outbreak, Holland America Line and the crew aboard the ship report increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan.
At the conclusion of the voyage, the Zaandam will return to Seattle for comprehensive sanitation procedures in consultation with the CDC.
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