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Investigation Update on the Jewel of the Seas

Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International

Cruise Ship: Jewel of the Seas

Voyage Dates: 02/22 – 03/05

Number of passengers who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers: 102 of 2,158 (4.70%)

Number of crew who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew: 14 of 848 (1.60%)

Predominant symptoms: diarrhea and vomiting

Actions: In response to the outbreak, Royal Caribbean International and the crew aboard the ship have taken the following actions:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan,
  • Made announcements to both notify passengers and encourage case reporting
  • Notified oncoming passengers thru communication with their travel agents
  • Submitted to VSP their response and port turnaround disinfection plans
  • Collected stool specimens for analysis at the CDC laboratories
  • Making twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the VSP


 
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