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05 December 2006

384 sick on Caribbean cruise

An outbreak of norovirus sickened 338 passengers and 46 crew members on the Royal Caribbean's ship Freedom of the Seas during a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

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An outbreak of norovirus sickened 338 passengers and 46 crew members on the Royal Caribbean's ship Freedom of the Seas during a seven-day Caribbean cruise.

The sick passengers and crew were treated with over-the-counter medications during the cruise, and crew members sanitised railings, elevator buttons, door handles and other frequently touched surfaces, the Associated Press reported.

The Freedom of the Seas, which was carrying about 3 800 passengers and 1 300 crew members, returned Sunday as scheduled to the Port of Miami. It's believed that a passenger previously exposed to the norovirus brought it on board on November 26, Royal Caribbean said.

Last month, about 700 passengers and crew were affected by a norovirus outbreak during a trans-Atlantic cruise by the Carnival Cruise Line's Liberty, the AP reported. – (HealthDayNews)

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