Suspected norovirus hits 400 on two Christmas cruises
MIAMI (AFP) - An outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea has sickened more than 400 vacationers and crew members aboard two Christmas-time cruises in the Caribbean, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said.
It said it was still conducting lab tests to determine the pathogen, but it indicated it might be Norovirus, which is highly contagious and typically transmitted from person to person.
Both ships, Cunard's Queen Mary 2 and Princess Cruises' Emerald Princess, reported the outbreak to the CDC, following guidelines that come into play when more than two percent of the passengers and crew are hit.
A similar outbreak earlier in the month hit the P&IO Oriana liner on a 10-night Baltic cruise, infecting about 300 of the 1,843 travelers aboard.