Holland America Cruise Ship Zaandam Illness Outbreak – On Friday, June 22, 2018, Holland America Line cruise ship Zaandam crew reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that 58 of 1,472 passengers (3.94%) aboard and 15 of of 591 (2.54%) crew aboard were sick on the Seattle, Washington 7-night Alaskan sailing, June 18 to July 2, 2018.
Zaandam embarked from Seattle, Washington on Monday, June 18. The ship is then scheduled to call at Vancouver Island, Ketchikan, Tracy Arm Fjord, Juneau, Icy Sytait Point, Seward, Homer, Kodiak, Hubbard Glacier, Sitka and Victoria, British Columbia before returning to Seattle on Monday July 2.
This is the sixth CDC reportable outbreak this year. Previously this year, Silver Shadow and Celebrity Infinity had unknown outbreaks. Cunard Line ship Queen Victoria had an ecoli outbreak. Azamara Quest an unknown outbreak and Princess Cruises ship Island Princess had a Norovirus outbreak.
Specimens have been collected and tested onboard Zaandam, using a norovirus rapid test; results were negative for norovirus. The specimens will be sent to CDC for additional testing.
Actions: In response to the outbreak, Holland America Group and the crew aboard the ship reported the following actions:
- Increasing cleaning and disinfection procedures according to their outbreak prevention and response plan.
- Collecting stool specimens from passenger and crew gastrointestinal illness cases for testing.
- Making multiple daily reports of gastrointestinal illness cases to VSP.
- Consulting with CDC on plans for their comprehensive sanitation procedures in Seattle, Washington, on July 2, which may include
- planning staged disembarkation for active cases to limit the opportunity of illness transmission to well guests and
- planning for sanitation of terminal and transport infection control procedures.
The CDC Vessel Sanitation Program is monitoring the outbreak and the ship’s response procedures.
Video: The Hubbard Glacier via the Zaandam