Cruise Ship Deals With Outbreak of Gastrointestinal Sickness

Queen Victoria carries on, leaving San Francisco for Honolulu
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 7, 2024 7:25 PM CST
Cruise Ship Deals With Outbreak of Gastrointestinal Sickness
The Queen Victoria makes its way into Pier 35 in San Francisco on Jan. 27, 2010.   (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is investigating an outbreak on a luxury cruise ship where more than 150 people have reported gastrointestinal illness, including diarrhea and vomiting. The Queen Victoria, operated by Cunard Cruise Line, departed San Francisco on Wednesday on its way from Florida to Hawaii, the AP reports. The ship is carrying 1,800 passengers and 970 crew members. The cause is unknown. Cunard told the CDC that the ship increased cleaning and disinfection, and isolated ill passengers and crew.

The reported cases are totals for the entire voyage and do not represent how many people are actively sick at any one time, the CDC said. The company did not immediately respond to an email from the AP seeking more details. The ship originated in Germany on Jan. 9 and departed Florida on Jan. 22, according to ship tracker Cruise Mapper. Its next stop is Honolulu on Feb. 12; the cruise ends in Australia next month.

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