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Investigation Update on the Celebrity Solstice

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Cruise Line: Celebrity Cruises

Cruise Ship: Celebrity Solstice

Voyage Dates: 01/30 - 02/06

Number of passengers who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers onboard: 118 of 2,839 (4.16%)

Number of ill crew who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew onboard: 10 of 1,227 (0.819%)

Predominant symptoms: diarrhea and vomiting

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 onboard passengers of the outbreak and encourage case reporting
  • Are preparing the ships disembarkation infection barrier plan for arrival in Ft. Lauderdale, FL
  • Submitted to VSP their response and ship disinfection plans
  • Collected 9 stool specimens for submission to the CDC lab
  • Making twice daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the VSP

One CDC Vessel Sanitation Program public health inspector boarded the ship on arrival in Fort Lauderdale, FL to evaluate the outbreak and response activities.