Investigation Update on the Enchantment of the Seas
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Ship: Enchantment of the Seas
Voyage Dates: March 23–March 31, 2023
Voyage Number: 16812
Number of passengers who reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers onboard: 117 of 2,362 (5.0%)
Number of crew who reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew onboard: 20 of 917 (2.18%)
Predominant symptoms: vomiting and diarrhea
Causative agents: norovirus
Actions: In response to the outbreak, Royal Caribbean International and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:
- Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to the ship’s outbreak prevention and response plan.
- Collecting stool specimens from gastrointestinal illness cases to send to the CDC lab for pathogenic identification.
VSP environmental health officers boarded the ship on March 31 to conduct an environmental assessment and outbreak investigation while sailing with the ship.
Note: The gastrointestinal illness cases reported are totals for the entire voyage and do not represent the number of active (symptomatic) gastrointestinal cases at any given port of call or at disembarkation.
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