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By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

Federal health officials are reported a gastrointestinal outbreak of yet unknown etiology onboard a recent voyage of the Norwegian Cruise Lines vessel, Norwegian Joy.


According to officials, 127 passengers and six crew members have been stricken with symptoms of diarrhea on a recent November 8–24, 2019 voyage.

In response to the outbreak, Norwegian Cruise Line and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to the ship’s outbreak prevention and response plan.
  • Collected stool specimens from passenger and/or crew gastrointestinal illness cases and sent specimens for testing.
  • Sent daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to federal officials.
  • Consulted with federal officials about sanitation cleaning procedures and reporting ill cases.