CDC looking into possible norovirus outbreak on cruise ship
Federal health officials are investigating another possible norovirus outbreak aboard a cruise ship that just ended a Caribbean voyage.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 114 passengers and 10 crew members on the Holland America cruise ship ms Veendam suffered vomiting and diarrhea during a week-long voyage that ended Saturday.
A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist boarded the ship when it arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Saturday, the agency said. The investigators will “conduct an environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.”
The CDC is also testing stool samples from the sickened passengers and crew, the agency said.
Holland America officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The Veendam carried 1,273 passengers and a crew of 575, the CDC said.