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Investigation Update on the Ocean Princess

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Cruise Line: Princess Cruises

Cruise Ship: Ocean Princess

Voyage Dates: February 13 – March 7, 2016*

Number of passengers who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers onboard: 63 of 603 (10.45%)

Number of crew who have reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew onboard: 7 of 385 (1.82%)

Predominant symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea

Causative agent: Norovirus and Enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC)

Actions: In response to the outbreak, Princess Cruises and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:

  • Increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan,
  • Collecting stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing,
  • Making daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the VSP,

CDC Vessel Sanitation Program is monitoring the outbreak and the ship’s response procedures. Specimens have been collected and will be sent to CDC for additional testing.

* The ship leaves the United States on March 7, 2016, for dry dock.

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