Officials from the Centers for Disease Control set tongues wagging when they
boarded Radisson Seven Seas’ Mariner this morning -- but, despite errant
media reports, it’s not a Norwalk Virus situation. Instead, the ship, which
Monday completed a Barcelona-to-Ft. Lauderdale transatlantic voyage, had a
mini-outbreak of salmonella midway through the voyage. RSSC’s Andrew Poulton
says that 15 crew and four passengers showed symptoms of salmonella and were
treated by medical staff during the cruise.
”We suspect the culprit was eggs or ice cream that had been brought onboard
in Barcelona,” Poulton says, noting that “we destroyed the suspected tainted
foodstuffs -- although we kept some for samples for the CDC.” He adds: “It
appears it is not the Norwalk virus.” Lab technicians from the CDC are
conducting tests to determine the exact cause of the problem. Meanwhile,
Mariner is cleared to sail tonight for a ten-day southern/eastern Caribbean
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