Over 170 people aboard Princess Cruises’ Crown Princess cruise ship fell ill due to a gastrointestinal ailment, triggered by norovirus, during a month-long journey from Hawaii and Tahiti to Los Angeles.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that 172 people, including 158 passengers and 14 crew members, contracted the illness. Some of the common symptoms exhibited by the infected patients were vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.
The recent outbreak marks the second norovirus incidence on the company’s Crown Princess ship, a part of its Princess Cruises fleet, in less than a year. Last April, 94 passengers and 23 crew members fell ill due to the norovirus infection, leading to the docking of the popular cruise ship in San Diego Bay.
“Over the last few days, the ship began seeing an increased number of gastrointestinal illnesses, caused by norovirus (commonly referred to as the stomach flu),” a cruise line spokesperson said in a statement.
According to the authorities and Carnival Corp, the cruise ship was docked on Sunday in San Pedro, California, where the ship will undergo disinfection.
“In response to the increased cases of norovirus over the months, we have enacted our stringent disinfecting protocols developed in conjunction with the CDC, which includes an extensive deep cleaning of the ship and the terminal in Los Angeles on Sunday before the ship embarks on its next voyage,” the spokesperson further said.
The patients were also attended by the public health officials for treatment while the ship was docked in California.
A CDC report, published last June, shows 20 million Americans contract norovirus each year. The stomach flu is often contracted from eating in public restaurants or banquet halls or other eateries.