Nearly 500 now sick after norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise ship: report

Nearly 500 people have now fallen ill after a norovirus outbreak on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship this week, almost double the amount originally reported, The Orlando Sentinel reports.

The report says Royal Caribbean International’s Oasis of the Seas on Thursday (Jan. 10) cut its week-long cruise short and started to return to its home port at Port Canaveral, Florida, after 277 people were showing symptoms of norovirus, which include vomiting and diarrhea. The 6,285-passenger cruise ship is expected to return to Florida on Saturday.

Passenger Shawn Popeleski told The Sentinel that the ship’s crew informed them that roughly 475 people have now been affected by the outbreak. About 100 people who are still showing symptoms of the illness have been quarantined in their cabins, the…

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