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At Least 73 People Fell Sick on a Cruise Ship in Alaska

June 26, 2018
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At Least 73 People Fell Sick on a Cruise Ship in Alaska
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The US Centers for Disease Control is helping to investigate an outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea aboard a cruise ship in Alaska.

At least 73 people have reported becoming sick with a stomach bug while on the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam, which set sail on June 18 and is due to stop in various Alaskan ports before finally docking in Seattle on July 2.

The CDC reports that the causative agent of the sickness is still unknown, although it sounds a lot like a potential norovirus outbreak.

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Norovirus is a highly contagious illness that causes vomiting and diarrhea and is a common ailment among travelers. According to the CDC, the virus is commonly spread in confined spaces and through food — making cruise ships a hot spot for the bug. But, it can even spread in hotels or on planes, as was the case when multiple flight attendants got a nasty case of norovirus in 2009.

Holland America's Zaandam ship can hold 2,000 passengers and crew. The ship's crew has been consulting with the CDC on disinfecting practices on board, as well as gastrointestinal illness testing.

The outbreak on Zaandam is the sixth such outbreak to occur on a cruise ship in 2018, according to the CDC's numbers.

H/T: Associated Press

Featured image by A Holland America ship at sea. (Photo courtesy of Holland America)