USA – Norovirus outbreak on Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Symphony voyage

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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.

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