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More than 150 passengers and crew members sick on Queen Victoria cruise ship

The New York Daily News - 2/6/2024

More than 150 passengers and crew members have become sick with a gastrointestinal illness onboard the Cunard Queen Victoria cruise ship.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 128 of the 1,824 passengers and 25 of the 967 crew have become ill during the current leg of a world voyage, which began on Jan. 22 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Cruise ships are required to report cases of gastrointestinal illness to the CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program when at least 2% of people onboard are infected and the ship enters U.S. jurisdiction. Roughly 5.5% of the passengers and crew aboard the Queen Victoria have reported being sick.

The most common symptoms have been diarrhea and vomiting, but the cause of the illness and how it’s being spread remain unknown.

Cunard Cruise Line said that all sick passengers and crew members had been isolated in response to the outbreak and the remaining crew have increased their cleaning and disinfection procedures.

“Measures have been effective,” Cunard said.

The cruise is currently in its U.S. leg of a 107-day trip around the world that kicked off Jan. 11 from Southampton, England and is set to return April 28. The ship is scheduled to arrive in San Francisco on Tuesday and make a stop in Honolulu before setting across the Pacific to Fiji and Oceania.

In early January, an outbreak of norovirus occurred on a Celebrity Cruise Line that departed from Tampa. Roughly 3% of those onboard were affected.

According to the CDC, norovirus was also the most commonly reported illness on cruise ships last year. The infection is typically characterized by diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain.

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