Cruise Ship Returns To Port After 100 Fall Ill On Caribbean Voyage

PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (March 8, 2013)--A Royal Caribbean cruise ship returned to South Florida after a Caribbean voyage during which more than a hundred people on board developed a gastrointestinal illness.

Royal Caribbean International reported Friday that 105 of 1,991 guests and three of 772 crew members fell ill with a possible short-lived norovirus illness during the 11-night trip.

They all responded well to over-the-counter medication administered onboard the ship, the cruise line said.

The cruise line says in a statement that crew members scrubbed the ship to help prevent the spread of the illness and again when it returned to port.

The source of the illness wasn't immediately reported.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says the contagious norovirus causes about 21 million illnesses in the U.S. each year and contributes to 800 deaths.

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