Last updated: 01:59 PM ET, Mon March 18 2013

Grand Turk Cruise Center Closed Due to Gastrointestinal Illnesses

Features & Advice | Carnival Cruise Lines | Brian Major | March 18, 2013

Grand Turk Cruise Center Closed Due to Gastrointestinal Illnesses

The Grand Turk Cruise Center in the Turks & Caicos remains closed following “an increase in reported gastroenteritis cases among guests of multiple cruise ship lines who visited the facility,” late last week, according to a statement from its owner, Carnival Corp. According to local news reports, an additional 25 cases of gastroenteritis-like illness have been reported on the island.

Carnival officials are investigating whether the illnesses may be linked to “consumption of food and beverages while guests were ashore in Grand Turk.” Calls at the port have been cancelled as Carnival officials “monitor the situation while the cause of the illnesses is being determined.”

Turks & Caicos health officials have also sought to locate the source of the virus causing the outbreak, according to a report on the Caribbean News Now website.  Grand Turk’s public water supply has been “in disrepair for approximately seven years,” according to the report, and “may be contaminated.”

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