CDC confirms that illnesses reported on Royal Caribbean ship were caused by norovirus
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For Immediate Release: Friday, January 31, 2014
Contact: Media Relations
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