Paramedics in San Pedro Sunday evaluated 19 people for flu-like systems aboard a cruise ship that experienced a similar situation last week.
All 19 declined transport to the hospital, said Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The fire department received a call at 5:10 a.m. prior to the Norwegian Cruise Lines ship Joy arriving at the Port of Los Angeles for 20 passengers onboard reporting an unspecified illness, Stewart said.
On Nov. 24, paramedics were sent to Berth 91 at the Port of Los Angeles at 9:17 a.m. and evaluated six passengers, determining that four of them required hospital treatment, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The cruise line later issued a statement about the incident that said: “The safety, security and well-being of our guests and crew is our number one priority. As such, we operate at the very highest public health standards. During Norwegian Joy’s Panama Canal sailing, a few guests on-board experienced a stomach-related illness. To mitigate any impact of this rare occurrence, we implemented stringent sanitation procedures. As always, we will continue to monitor this situation.”
Battalion Chief Jaime Brown of the LAFD told KTLA5 on Sunday that “apparently there’s definitely an illness going around and the ship” and that cruise line staff would conduct “all sanitation procedures and protocol that are supposed to be followed today.”
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