USA – CDC investigates two cruise ship outbreaks – Cause Unknown

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) reports investigating two outbreaks on recent cruise ship voyages- Seabourn Cruise Lines, Seabourn Odyssey and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Splendor.

Seabourn Odyssey: 20 passengers and crew on a recent voyage (April 28–May 19, 2022) were sickened with symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting.

The etiology of the outbreak is unknown.

In response to the outbreak, Seabourn Cruise Lines and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:

  • Increased cleaning and disinfection procedures according to the ship’s outbreak prevention and response plan.
  • Sent daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to VSP.
  • Consulted with VSP about sanitation cleaning procedures and reporting ill cases.

Carnival Splendor: 93 passengers and crew have reported being ill during the May 24–31, 2022 voyage.

Like the Seabourn outbreak, individuals affected on this cruise suffered from vomiting and diarrhea. The cause of the outbreak is unknown.

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