Cruise ship struck by outbreak of stomach illness docks in Seattle
The Star Princess, a cruise ship sailing between Seattle and Alaska that had an outbreak of stomach illness among its passengers and crew this week, docked in Seattle on Saturday.
A total of 112 passengers and 14 crew members vomited and had diarrhea from the common Norovirus during the cruise ship's seven-day cruise, Princess Cruises spokesman Tom Dow said Saturday.
Gastrointestinal ailments like Norovirus, a Norwalk-like virus, are not generally reported to public health agencies. But cruise ships are required to report health problems.
None of the 126 people affected, out of the 2,800 passengers and 1,110 crew members, went to the hospital.
Dow said the Star Princess was looked at by sanitation inspectors in Victoria, British Columbia, on Friday and given "a score of 100." He said no inspections were scheduled in Seattle.
Dave Forney, chief of the vessel sanitation program for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, said there was no indication the virus was caused by the vessel's food and water. He said the illness usually is brought on board by a passenger and spreads easily in close quarters.
The Star Princess is operated by Princess Cruises, based in Santa Clarita, Calif.