For Immediate Release: Friday, January 31, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
CDC confirms that illnesses reported on Royal Caribbean ship were caused by norovirus
CDC’s laboratory has confirmed that the gastrointestinal illness that sickened more than 600 passengers and crew aboard Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas this week during a cruise to the Caribbean was caused by norovirus.
CDC has been investigating the outbreak since last Sunday, but no particular source has been identified and it’s quite possible a source won’t be identified. This outbreak represents one of the largest norovirus outbreaks in the past 20 years.
For more information about CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, please visit http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/vsp/default.htm
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