The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) is reporting an outbreak of a unspecified gastrointestinal illness on Norwegian Cruise Line’s Norwegian Pearl that has sickened more than 100 passengers.
According to officials data, 107 of the more than 2400 passengers have been stricken with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea , while 7 of the 1062 crew got ill.
In response to the outbreak, Norwegian Cruise Line and the crew aboard the ship are taking the following actions: Increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan, making announcements to notify onboard passengers of the outbreak, encourage case reporting, and encourage hand hygiene and collected stool specimens from ill passengers and crew.
In addition, Norwegian Cruise Line public health personnel joined the ship at St. Thomas to assist the onboard management with infection control response plan.
The voyage began March 26 and the ship arrived in Miami on April 6, 2015 where two CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officers to conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities. Specimens are being collected and will be tested by CDC to determine the causative agent for this outbreak.