Entries in Norovirus (2)


Hundreds of Cruise Passengers Infected with Norovirus

Getty(PORT EVERGLADES, Fla.) -- About two hundred people who traveled on Princess Cruise lines got more than they expected on their voyages this weekend as passengers and crew members on the Crown Princess and the Ruby Princess allegedly became infected with norovirus.

The Crown Princess returned from a seven-day cruise Saturday while the Ruby Princess returned Sunday morning, both in Port Everglades. According to ABC News affiliate Local 10 in Miami, as many as 240 people reported cases of gastrointestinal illness while sailing aboard the two separate cruises.

In a statement released Saturday, the cruise company said: "We are working closely with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control to determine the cause of the illness."

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Cruise Passengers Sickened, Norovirus Suspected

Photo Courtesy - KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- About 150 passengers on board a Royal Caribbean cruise ship out of Tampa, Fla., returned to port on Saturday queasy and uneasy.  Officials suspect they had norovirus or stomach flu.  Three crewmembers were also sick.  The ship can carry about 2,500 passengers.  The Radiance of the Seas was headed out on a cruise to the Mexican tourist destinations, Cozumel and Puerto Maya when the first illnesses were reported.

Royal Caribbean officials said the unwell passengers responded well to the over-the-counter-medications given on board.  For the rest of the passengers, precautions included removing menus and silverware from tables before meals as the germs can be carried on simple surfaces handled by many.  Workers spent the day Saturday sanitizing the ship which was scheduled to sail again Saturday night.

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