Date: Mon, May 12, 2008 4:00 pm
We are sorry for the delay in responding to your email. A recent high volume of inquiries has slowed our response time. In addition to forwarding your request for information to National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), your request for information on investigations of the cruise ship, Freewinds, was also forwarded to subject matter experts within CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP). We are pleased to provide you with the VSP response.
The VSP only inspects areas of the vessels related to gastrointestinal illness prevention (food, potable water, recreational water, etc.). However, a review of VSP files showed no record of an inspection of this vessel or the Boheme (a previous name). Also, everything that was found online indicates that the ship does not sail into US ports, or hasn't in recent years. If you have any additional information on other previous names of the vessel, VSP employees can check the VSP records.
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