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Gastrointestinal Outbreak Hits Queen Victoria Cruise

The Queen Victoria cruise ship is grappling with a significant gastrointestinal illness outbreak, affecting nearly 140 people, including passengers and crew members.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the ship, which embarked from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on January 22, has seen a surge in cases, with the primary symptoms being diarrhea and vomiting.

The exact cause of the outbreak remains undetermined.

Swift Response to the Health Crisis

In light of the outbreak, the Cunard Cruise Line has taken immediate action, adhering to the ship’s outbreak prevention and response plan.

“Cunard confirmed that a small number of guests had reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on board Queen Victoria,” Cunard said in a statement. “They immediately activated their enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure the wellbeing of all guests and crew on board.”

Measures include isolating the affected individuals and ramping up cleaning and disinfection processes onboard.

CDC’s Oversight and Cruise Ship Health Standards

The CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program is actively monitoring the situation, ensuring that the ship’s outbreak response and sanitation procedures are up to par.

This incident is part of a larger pattern, with the CDC recording 14 outbreaks on cruise ships in the previous year, predominantly attributed to norovirus.

Under CDC regulations, medical staff on cruise ships must report cases of gastrointestinal illness when they exceed a certain threshold, underscoring the seriousness with which these outbreaks are treated.

Continuation of the Voyage

Despite the outbreak, the Queen Victoria cruise is set to proceed to its scheduled destinations, including San Francisco, before concluding its journey in Honolulu on February 12.

The cruise line and its crew are steadfast in their commitment to maintaining the highest health standards and ensuring the safety of all passengers and staff as the voyage continues.

With information from ABC News

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