Zaandam: Latest HAL Cruise Ship with Gastrointestinal Outbreak

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 73 people have reported sick, with symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, on Holland America's Zaandam during a cruise through Alaska.   58 of all passengers (3.94% of 1,472) and 15 of all crew members (2.54% of 591) have reported ill to the ship infirmary during the cruise which started on June 18, 2018.  The HAL cruise ship stopped in Juneau yesterday and plans on additional stops in Alaska before returning to Seattle on July 2nd. Several newspapers report that the outbreak is due to norovirus, although the CDC indicates that the causative agent is currently "unknown." Holland America Line experienced 19 cases of GI sicknesses reported to the CDC since 2010. Only Princess Cruises suffered more norovirus/GI cases which were reported to the CDC during this time period. Last year, HAL suffered norovirus outbreaks on the Nieuw Amsterdam, and two outbreaks each on the Volendam and the…

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