At least 140 people became ill after an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness on a luxury cruise, the Quenn Victoria, from the Cunard company, which sailed from the city of Four Lauderdale, in the state of Florida, in the United States. The information was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The ship left on January 22nd.
In total, 123 passengers and 16 crew reported symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting throughout the trip. The cause of the outbreak is still unknown according to the CDC. In total, there are 1,824 passengers and 967 crew on the ship.
Due to the outbreak, sick passengers and crew were isolated and cleaning and disinfection procedures were reformed, ‘in accordance with the ship’s outbreak prevention and response plan’.
“Cunard has confirmed that a small number of passengers have reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on board the Queen Victoria,” Cunard said in a statement. “They immediately activated their enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of all passengers and crew on board.”
“The measures were effective,” the statement continued.
The cruise is scheduled to head to San Francisco before ending in Honolulu on February 12. CDC’s Ship Sanitation Program is monitoring the situation remotely.