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Cruise Ship Hit With Norovirus Outbreak Docks in Los Angeles

More than 170 passengers and crew on a month-long cruise, docking in California on Sunday, have reported symptoms of Norovirus.
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More than 170 passengers and crew on a nearly month-long cruise that docked in California on Sunday fell ill with norovirus while on the ship, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Symptoms of norovirus include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, fever and body aches, which 158 passengers and 14 crew members have reported suffering from during the 28 days of aboard the Crown Princess, operated by Princess Cruises, according a statement from the CDC.

The Crown Princess was supposed to return to port in Los Angeles on Saturday, but the boat had to make a diversion to Nuku Hiva, in the Marquesas Islands, last Monday when a crew member was stricken with an ailment that required emergency surgery due to an "entirely separate and individual medical issue," according to a statement from Princess Cruises.

"We are sorry this incident has impacted our guests’ vacations and are grateful for their understanding given the circumstances," the cruise line said.

More than 3,000 passengers and 1,100 crew members are aboard the ship, according to officials.

The ship will be disinfected in San Pedro, California, on Sunday afternoon, the CDC said. Passengers boarding the same ship for a seven-day trip later in the day will be notified, according to the CDC.

In January, a Princess Cruise ship was forced to dock a day early after 162 passengers and 11 crew became sick with norovirus.


— Elisha Fieldstadt