The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship sailed to Seward, Alaska last Friday, May 10th, with an elevated number of passengers and crew with a gastrointestinal illness. 164 of its 1,963 passengers and 30 of its 935 crew members experienced the gastro-illness.
The CDC states that the “causative agent” (type of pathogen) is “unknown,” although at least one newspaper, the Seward City News, states that the sickness outbreak is believed to be caused by norovirus.
Comments to the newspaper complained about cruise passengers coughing and hacking in public and the locals having to be on higher alert to wash their hands when cruise ships come into port.
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