Several passengers on a cruise ship in the United States mysteriously developed vomiting and diarrhea, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a warning on Wednesday. According to the press note, at least 123 passengers and 16 crew members traveling on the Queen Victoria have reported illness since the voyage began on January 22 from Florida. Health officials said the cause of the gastrointestinal illness was unknown, but added that the main symptoms among those on board the ship included diarrhea and vomiting.
The CDC said in its report: “The number of passengers who reported being infected with the disease during the flight out of the total number of passengers on board: 123 out of 1,824 (6.74%).” Warn. She added, “The number of crew members who reported being infected with the disease during the flight out of the total number of crew members on board: 16 out of 967 (1.65%).”
In response to the mysterious outbreak, the CDC said the Cunard Cruise Line ship isolated sick passengers and crew members, and “increased cleaning and disinfection procedures in accordance with the ship's outbreak prevention and response plan.” The CDC added that the health agency's ship sterilization program is currently monitoring the situation on board the ship.
“The reported cases of gastrointestinal illness are totals for the entire voyage and do not represent the number of active (symptomatic) gastrointestinal conditions at any particular port of call or upon disembarkation,” the health agency noted.
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According to the New York PostThe Queen Victoria embarked on a 16-night voyage from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 22. The ship is scheduled to stop in San Francisco on February 7 before docking in Honolulu five days later.
Meanwhile, this comes weeks after passengers on a Florida-based cruise ship contracted an unknown illness. Passengers on the cruise ship reported symptoms of gastroenteritis, or stomach flu, after setting off from Jacksonville. One passenger, Miranda Hill, said her bout was so bad that she started vomiting blue vomit. “My vomit was bright blue and I've never eaten anything blue before, so every time I see blue vomit I have to deal with poisoning,” she said.
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