Illness has struck an additional 173 passengers and crew members on the same ship – Princess Cruise Line’s Crown Princess – that contaminated nearly 400 people just days ago.
The Miami Herald reports that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed widespread outbreaks of the illness onboard. After the first outbreak, the ship was to be ‘given special cleanings upon their return to their Fort Lauderdale homeport,” delaying the next cruise, according to an MSNBC report. These specialized cleanings were apparently not enough to eliminate the illness.
Princess Cruise Lines released this statement:
“The enhanced disinfection of the ship in Fort Lauderdale will include bringing aboard additional cleaning crew to assist with a thorough sanitization of all public spaces and surfaces including soft furnishing and carpets, railings, door handles and the like. The staterooms will be sanitized multiple times before making up the rooms with fresh linens and towels on Saturday morning, just prior to passenger embarkation.”
The company claims that the Crown Princess’ next cruise will depart as scheduled on February 11.
According to the CDC, “norovirus illness can be serious in young children, the elderly, and people with other health conditions; it can lead to severe dehydration, hospitalization and even death.”
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