Investigation Update on the Viking Neptune

Cruise Line: Viking Cruises

Cruise Ship: Viking Neptune

Voyage Dates: June 6–June 20, 2023

Voyage number: 10005092

Number of passengers who reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of passengers onboard: 110 of 838 (13.1%)

Number of crew who reported being ill during the voyage out of total number of crew onboard: 9 of 455 (1.98%)

Predominant symptoms: abdominal cramps, vomiting and diarrhea

Causative agents: norovirus

Actions: In response to the outbreak, Viking Cruises 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.
  • Providing twice daily updates on the number of gastrointestinal illness cases to VSP.

VSP environmental health officers boarded the ship at port in New York to conduct an environmental health assessment.

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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