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Investigation Update on the Celebrity Silhouette

Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises

Cruise Ship: Celebrity Silhouette

Voyage Dates: January 29 – February 10, 2012

Number of passengers who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers onboard: 178 of 2809 (6.34%)

Number of crew who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew onboard: 11 of 1236 (0.89%)

Predominant symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea

Causative agent: Norovirus

Actions: In response to the outbreak, Celebrity Cruises 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,
  • Conducted red level cleaning and delayed embarkation to permit a thorough disinfection,
  • Collected stool specimens from ill passengers and crew for diagnostic laboratory testing,
  • Distributed a pre-boarding health advisory to incoming passengers,
  • Made daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the VSP,
  • Extended their turnaround day in Newark, New Jersey on February 10, 2012 to conduct a red level cleaning,
  • Delayed embarkation to permit a thorough disinfection, and
  • Consulted with CDC on disembarkation plans for active cases, terminal and transport infection control procedures

A CDC Vessel Sanitation Program environmental health officer and an epidemiologist will board the ship on arrival in Newark, New Jersey on February 10, 2012 to conduct a targeted environmental health assessment and evaluate the outbreak and response activities.


 
 
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