A gastrointestinal outbreak of unknown etiology has struck the Princess Cruises vessel, Crown Princess, prompting an investigation.
128 of 2,980 passengers and 7 of 1,153 of the crew members suffered symptoms of diarrhea on the voyage slated from October 25 – November 8, 2017.
In response to the outbreak, Princess Cruises and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:
- Increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan,
- Collecting stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing, and
- Making twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to VSP.
A CDC VSP epidemiologist and environmental health officer will board the ship in Norfolk, Virginia, on November 5 to conduct an epidemiological and environmental health investigation.
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