Cruise ship virus confirmed

Celebrity Mercury

ZIZ News…March 1, 2010 – Health officials in St. Kitts have been credited for assisting sick passengers on a Caribbean cruise.

US federal health officials have confirmed that it was the Noro virus that caused hundreds of people to get sick on a Caribbean cruise that left from South Carolina with stops in the Caribbean including St. Kitts.

A spokesman for the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention said samples taken from ill passengers on the Celebrity Mercury confirmed the virus.

According to a report from BBC Caribbean, at one time, an extra doctor and two nurses came aboard in St. Kitts to treat passengers who had symptoms including upset stomach, vomiting and diarrhoea.

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