A total of 123 passengers and 16 crew members on the Queen Victoria cruise ship fell ill from vomiting and diarrhea during a three-week voyage, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The ship departed from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 22, and the cruise passengers themselves reported the gastrointestinal outbreak. The cause of the outbreak is currently unknown, but the sick people mainly suffered from diarrhea and vomiting.
The total number of passengers traveling on the cruise is 1,824, plus 967 crew members. The Queen Victoria cruise ship will arrive in Honolulu on February 12, after passing through San Francisco. Cunard Cruise Line confirmed that a small number of guests had reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness aboard the Queen Victoria and activated health protocols and safety measures to ensure the well-being of all passengers. Sick people were isolated, and cleaning and disinfection procedures were increased according to the ship’s outbreak response and prevention plan.
This is the second outbreak that the CDC reports in 2024 involving a cruise ship. In January, 92 passengers and 8 crew members became ill on Celebrity Cruises’ Celebrity Constellation cruise ship, which sailed from January 3 to 12. The outbreak was due to norovirus. In 2023, there were a total of 14 outbreaks on cruise ships, and the majority were caused by norovirus, responsible for 50% of food poisoning gastroenteritis outbreaks in the United States.
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