Unknown Sickness Infects 79 Aboard MS Veendam


An unknown sickness spread to 79 passengers and crewmembers aboard the MS Veendam on Nov. 22. // (c) 2011 Holland America Line.

A US tourist was pronounced dead after an unknown illness rocked its way through Holland America Line's MS Veendam, which was docked in Rio de Janeiro on Nov. 22. The disease also affected 72 other passengers and sevencrew members. The ship contained 1,800 people.

Government news agency Agencia Brasil reports that there are no indications her death was caused by the illness, claiming instead that she expired due to natural causes.

During the cruise, ship authorities ordered the closure of the swimming pool and library and cautioned passengers to wash their hands every two hours.

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