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Over 600 passengers and crew fall ill on Royal Caribbean cruise

Published on Jan 28, 2014 1:03 AM

FLORIDA (REUTERS) - More than 600 passengers and crew members fell ill aboard a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, with symptoms that included vomiting and diarrhoea, the Centres for Disease Control (CDC) said on Monday.

The latest figure doubles initial reports of some 300 affected by what cruise officials called a gastrointestinal illness, and includes 577 passengers and 49 crew members, a CDC official said.

The company has said the 10-day Caribbean cruise would end two days early, with the ship returning to its home port in New Jersey on Wednesday.

"New reports of illness have decreased day-over-day, and many guests are again up and about," Royal Caribbean said in a written statement on Sunday. "Nevertheless, the disruptions caused by the early wave of illness means that we were unable to deliver the vacation our guests were expecting."

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