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Norovirus outbreak sickens more than 600

January 28, 2014

ATLANTA — On Monday, the number of passengers and crew who had fallen ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship had climbed to more than 600, according to Reuters.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that the new sick count is double the 300 that was originally indicated, the article stated.

According to the article, the Explorer of the Seas has cut its planned cruise short and is expected to dock in New Jersey on Wednesday, January 29.

Altogether, 595 passengers and 50 crew members, out of 3,050 passengers and 1,165 crew members, fell ill aboard the ship, the article noted.

As of Monday, the cause of the illness was unknown, but an environmental safety officer and an epidemiologist boarded the ship on Sunday in St. Thomas in order to determine the cause of the outbreak and the proper response, the article noted.

The ship's crew "increased cleaning and disinfection procedures and collected specimens from those who reported feeling ill following the outbreak," the article added.

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