Norovirus outbreak delays cruise ship

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Posted: Feb 6, 2012 3:43 AM by Associated Press
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NEW ORLEANS - The Port of New Orleans says a stomach virus outbreak delayed the departure of the cruise ship "Voyager of the Sea" this weekend.

Spokesman Chris Bonura says the ship left a couple hours late Saturday.

State epidemiologist Raoult Ratard says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified Louisiana on Friday that a cruise ship might be coming in with a norovirus outbreak.

Some 200 passengers reportedly became ill.

The virus causes vomiting and diarrhea. It's easily spread in close quarters such as cruise ships and nursing homes.

Two other weekend outbreaks were reported on cruise ships home ported in Florida.

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