Passengers on cruise ship docked in Maine may have norovirus

Norovirus -- C.D.C.

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Federal health officials say passengers aboard the first cruise ship to dock in Portland, Maine, this season may have norovirus.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 27 percent of the passengers aboard the Balmoral, operated by the Fred Olsen Cruises, have gotten sick since the cruise began April 16.

WMTW-TV says the CDC reports that 252 of the 919 passengers on the Balmoral have fallen ill, as well as eight crew members.

Symptoms of norovirus include nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

The CDC says the ship has increased its cleaning and disinfection procedures. Two CDC health officers and an epidemiologist boarded the ship during its stop in Baltimore, Maryland, last week.

The ship’s itinerary wasn’t immediately known.

Fred Olsen Cruises did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

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