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CDC Investigating After More Than 300 People Get ‘Unknown’ Illness on Cruise Ship

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed it is investigating a not-yet-determined outbreak on a Princess Cruises’ Ruby Princess ship that sickened more than 300 people in recent days.

The agency said that 284 passengers and 34 crew members—out of about 4,000 total people—were sickened onboard the cruise between Feb. 26 and March 5. Their primary symptoms were “vomiting and diarrhea,” it said, adding that the “causative agent” is currently “unknown.”

The ship ultimately docked in Galveston, Texas, where CDC investigators responded to the reports of illnesses and “collected stool specimens from gastrointestinal illness cases to send to the CDC lab for pathogenic identification.”

“The gastrointestinal illness cases reported are totals for the entire voyage and do not represent the number of active (symptomatic) gastrointestinal cases at any given port of call or at disembarkation,” the CDC said.

Federal health officials have not indicated whether any of those who were sickened were hospitalized. But the agency’s “Vessel Sanitation Program” and health officers accessed the cruise ship on Sunday in Galveston and conducted an investigation, the CDC added.

“VSP conducts outbreak investigations when 3 percent or more of the ship’s passengers or crew members report they are sick with symptoms of gastrointestinal illness,” the statement said. “We may also conduct an outbreak investigation if an unusual gastrointestinal illness pattern or characteristic is found, even if the illness rate is less than 3 percent.”

Princess Cruises increased cleaning and disinfection on the ship according to its outbreak response plan, according to the agency.

In a statement issued Tuesday, Princess Cruises described the illnesses on board the Ruby Princess as mild. It noted that the likely cause was norovirus, a virus that is currently on the rise across the United States.

“Onboard the Feb. 26 sailing of Ruby Princess, there were a number of cases of mild gastrointestinal illness among passengers, the cause likely being the common but contagious virus called Norovirus,” the cruise operator told news outlets. The CDC has not confirmed whether the rash of illnesses was caused by norovirus or something else.

Described as highly contagious by federal health agencies, norovirus causes vomiting and diarrhea. It has often caused outbreaks on cruise ships in recent years and has been sometimes dubbed the “cruise ship virus” in media reports.

“We immediately initiated additional enhanced sanitization procedures to interrupt the person-to-person spread of this virus,” Princess Cruises said. “As an additional precaution, the ship underwent an additional disinfection on March 4 in Galveston ahead of its next departure.”

Recent data from the CDC suggested that positive tests for the virus are at a seasonal high across the country. Test positivity spikes are occurring in the Northeast United States at over 16 percent, the South at over 16 percent, the West at over 12.5 percent, and about 15 percent in the Midwest, the data shows.

Several weeks ago, for example, two elementary schools in Petersburg shut down due to outbreaks of the virus. Also in February, classes at a suburban Detroit school were canceled due to norovirus after students fell ill.

In an average year, according to health officials, norovirus causes approximately 19 million to 21 million cases of vomiting and diarrhea, 109,000 hospitalizations, and 900 deaths. It’s also linked to about 495,000 emergency department visits, mostly in younger children, the CDC’s website says.

“These outbreaks often get media attention, which is why some people call norovirus the ‘cruise ship virus,’” its website also states. “However, norovirus outbreaks on cruise ships account for only a small percentage (1 percent) of all reported norovirus outbreaks. Norovirus can be especially challenging to control on cruise ships because of the close living quarters, shared dining areas, and rapid turnover of passengers.”

  • Rudog says:

    yeh…those cdc fucks know names ..they dropped it in there ….bound to be more than a chinese wuhan dilly-dilly flu!!!

    • Rudog says:

      AND …. don’t rule out forms of ecoli , etc.. they’ll be tryin’ different shit to set their ‘psyop’ in motion…..

  • John says:

    Check to see if they now have another Democrat communist China collaborated Wuhan lab aboard ship talk about a domestic terrorist attack on Americans buy corrupted communist satanic government agencies funny how all our food is being destroyed by processing plants burning that never burned in the history of our country, all these train derailments that haven’t happened in over 200 years now happening every week, and any little form of enjoyment whether it’s a movie theater cruise ship or a amusement park just happens to be the corrupted demonic covid Zone in America.

    • Werner Hecht says:

      Very well said John, ,”Wuhan” , l can smell it from here. There is something very wrong with that place. Hope someone gets to the bottom of it. Werner Hecht

  • Peggy says:

    You couldnt pay me to get onboard one of those floating vessels of disease

  • Michael says:

    I don’t know what happened or what was on that ship, but I do know I don’t trust the CDC to get to the bottom of it, or at least not honestly report about it.

  • Auntie Vyris says:

    These things are floating petri dishes and should be avoided.



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