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Investigation Update on the Veendam

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Cruise Line: Holland America Line

Cruise Ship: Veendam

Voyage Dates: 6/13-6/20

Number of ill passengers out of total number of passengers: 112 of 1313 (8.53%)

Number of ill crew out of total number of crew: 12 of 556 (2.16%)

Predominant symptoms: diarrhea and vomiting

Actions: In response to the outbreak, Holland America Line and the crew aboard the ship took the following actions:

  • increased cleaning and disinfection procedures,
  • staffed the ship with additional people to support the cleaning and disinfection procedures,
  • sent daily updates to CDC until the number of ill people returned to expected levels,
  • notified oncoming passengers about the illness,
  • delayed disembarkation to further clean and sanitize the vessel,
  • informed other cruise lines about the illness
  • collected stool specimens for analysis.

During the following voyage (sailing dates: 6/20-6/27), the number of ill people exceeded an expected level but returned to an expected level by the following voyage (sailing dates: 6/27-7/4).