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140 Passengers Sick with Gastrointestinal Illness on 55-Day Cruise Aboard Queen Victoria, CDC Says

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the outbreak affected 128 of the 1,824 passengers on the ship and a number of crew members

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Luxury white cruise ship shot at angle at water level on a clear day

A gastrointestinal illness has left nearly 140 passengers traveling on the Cunard Queen Victoria cruise ship sick.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, the outbreak affected 128 of the 1,824 passengers on the ship. Amongst the crew, 25 of the 967 staff reported catching the illness. Their symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting.

The CDC reported that the cause of the illness and how it spread remains unknown.

<p>Getty</p> Cruise ship sailing through the ocean

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Cruise ship sailing through the ocean

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In response the the outbreak, the CDC also confirmed in their statement that the Cunard Cruise Line and the crew aboard the ship have increased cleaning and disinfection procedures. They've also recommended that sick passengers remain isolated.

Cunard Cruise Line did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's request for comment.

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"Cunard confirms that a small number of guests had reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on board Queen Victoria," the company told NBC News in a statement.

"They immediately activated their enhanced health and safety protocols to ensure the well-being of all guests and crew on board. Measures have been effective,” Cunard added.

The ship's 55-day voyage began in Southampton, U.K. on January 9, according to ship tracking site Cruise Mapper. It reached Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on Jan. 22, shortly after which the spread seems to have begun, per ABC.

It is currently in San Francisco and bound for Hawaii, after which it will continue on to Australia by march 4. The Vessel Sanitation Program is also currently monitoring the situation.

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