CDC Reports Over 100 Sick With Norovirus on Holland America Ship

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  • Over 100 people recently fell sick aboard a Holland American cruise ship.
  • The CDC reports that the sickness is likely caused by norovirus.
  • The CDC scheduled to review the ship in further detail on November 18th.

According to the CDC a Holland America cruise ship suffered a mild outbreak of norovirus, leaving nearly 100 passengers and crew members ill.

The outbreak was reported for November 3 – November 18, 2016 sailing of the Holland America cruise ship Oosterda. The CDC reports at 86 of 1,843 passengers fell sick, as well as 18 of 796 crew members. Victims were reported to have been suffering from symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea.

In order to correct the problem the CDC recommends 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,
  • Making twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to VSP,
  • Consulting with CDC on plans for their comprehensive sanitation procedures in Tampa, FL, on November 18, 2016.