Investigation Update on the Jewel of the Seas
Cruise Line: Royal Caribbean International
Cruise Ship: Jewel of the Seas
Voyage Dates: January 28–February 3, 2023
Voyage Number: 852
Number of passengers who reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers onboard: 68 of 2,185 (3.11%)
Number of crew who reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew onboard: 1 of 865 (0.12%)
Predominant symptoms: vomiting and diarrhea
Causative agent: 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.
- Collected stool specimens from passenger and/or crew gastrointestinal illness cases.
- Notified embarking guests of the situation onboard and encouraged prompt illness reporting and good hand hygiene.
VSP is monitoring the situation and the ship’s outbreak response and sanitation procedures.
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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