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Epidemiol Infect. 2013 Mar;141(3):508-16. doi: 10.1017/S0950268812001197. Epub 2012 Jun 12.

An outbreak of Cyclospora infection on a cruise ship.

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Department of Health Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.
Princess Cruises Public Health Department, Santa Clarita, CA, USA.


In 2010, an outbreak of cyclosporiasis affected passengers and crew on two successive voyages of a cruise ship that departed from and returned to Fremantle, Australia. There were 73 laboratory-confirmed and 241 suspected cases of Cyclospora infection reported in passengers and crew from the combined cruises. A case-control study performed in crew members found that illness was associated with eating items of fresh produce served onboard the ship, but the study was unable conclusively to identify the responsible food(s). It is likely that one or more of the fresh produce items taken onboard at a south-east Asian port during the first cruise was contaminated. If fresh produce supplied to cruise ships is sourced from countries or regions where Cyclospora is endemic, robust standards of food production and hygiene should be applied to the supply chain.

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