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Vomiting bug hits cruise ship

8th September 2009

A company who own a cruise ship have confirmed that an outbreak of a vomiting bug has caused 72 people on board to become unwell.

norovirus

Earlier reports had suggested that only 20 people on the ship were suffering from symptoms of norovirus.

The Balmoral, a 43,537 tonne ship owned by Fred Olsen Cruises, has been anchored off the coast of Skye because of bad weather conditions.

The ship is carrying 1,280 passengers and 516 crew members.

The ship had visited Invergorden port before the outbreak occurred.

Two months earlier 400 passengers onboard the Marco Polo fell ill with norovirus after stopping off at the port. Passengers were furious when it was revealed that there had been a previous outbreak on board the liner, but the relevant authorities in London had not been informed about the incident.

A spokesman said that staff on the liner had increased disinfection and cleaning measures.

He said that the cause of the outbreak was most likely due to a passenger who had come on board the ship and had become ill.

A Highland Council spokesman stated that environmental health staff had been to the liner and a Public Health Medicine consultant had been informed about what was happening on the Balmoral.

 

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