More than 250 fall ill after Norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise ship: reports

A Royal Caribbean cruise ship was forced to cut its trip short and return to its home port after more than 100 passengers and crew fell ill, showing symptoms of a norovirus-like illness, reports say.

Florida Today reports Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas had just arrived in Jamaica when it cut its itinerary short by a day, skipping a stop in Cozumel, Mexico, in order to return home to Port Canaveral, Florida on Thursday (Jan. 10). The ship, which holds more than 6,000 passengers and 2,000 crew, started its trip on Sunday.

Norovirus, commonly known as the “stomach flu,” though it’s not related to influenza, is highly contagious, causing diarrhea and vomiting that can last anywhere from one to three days. Outbreaks are relatively common in the United States, particularly during…

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