Federal health officials are reporting an investigation into a norovirus outbreak o a recent Crystal Cruises voyage.
At least 47 passengers and crew onboard the Crystal Symphony were was sickened with vomiting and diarrhea due to norovirus. The voyage date were Nov. 8-Dec. 2.
Specimens were collected and tested onboard using a norovirus rapid test; results were positive for norovirus. The specimens have been sent to CDC for laboratory testing.
Crystal Cruises and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:
- Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan.
- Collected stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases and sent them to the CDC Calicivirus laboratory for testing.
- Sent multiple daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to the Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP).
- Consulted with VSP about sanitation cleaning procedures and reporting ill cases.