Norwegian Cruise Line Ship Docks After Multiple People Become Ill

On Sunday paramedics examined several people who fell ill aboard a Norwegian Cruiseship docked in the Port of Los Angeles.

The illness appeared to be a stomach related illness that was said to be non-life threatening. 

Of the six people examined, four were sent to a hospital for further medical treatment, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Paramedics were dispatched at 9:17 a.m. to the Norwegian Cruise Lines’ "Norwegian Joy," docked at Berth 91, said Humphrey.

The passengers sought medical assessment for an unspecified and apparently non-life-threatening illness upon disembarking the cruise ship, Humphrey said.

"LAFD personnel continue to examine 'several persons who have been ill' while aboard the currently docked cruise ship, which is disembarking passengers," he said. "A total count of those ill patients who are ultimately transported by LAFD will be offered at the conclusion of the incident."

The cruise line later issued a statement about the incident, obtained by the Los Angeles Times, 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."

It was unclear if the patients were crew members or passengers.

The genders and ages of the ill passengers were not immediately known.

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