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CDC: Cruise ship was hit with newer norovirus strain

February 7, 2014

ROCHESTER, MN — The virus responsible for almost 700 illnesses on a Caribbean cruise ship was a new strain, according to the Post Bulletin.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said that the illnesses onboard Royal Caribbean's Explorer of the Seas were caused by the new Sydney strain of norovirus, the article stated.

According to the article, the Sydney strain only emerged within about the last two years.

While it's not considered unusually dangerous, it has quickly become a common cause of cases of vomiting and diarrhea that last a few days, the article noted.

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