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332 Royal Caribbean passengers fall ill with stomach virus

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More than 330 Royal Caribbean passengers get sick

Clear stomach virus runs through the ship.

The number of passengers ill with a stomach virus on the Independence of the Seas, a Royal Caribbean cruise ship, a jump of more than 100 over this weekend, the Naples Daily News reported Sunday.

The cruise line says that 332 gastrointestinal illness cases were reported on the ship before he came back from a five-night trip, docking in Port Everglades, Fla., according to the newspaper.

On Saturday, the cruise line said 220 people had become ill with the virus.

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“We went to the medical facility and waited over an hour for help,” passenger Marsha Homuska told WPLG. “They started running water and basic products.”

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Cruise line spokesman Owen Torres told the Naples Daily News that the diseases represented only 6 percent of the total number of passengers on the cruise, and the ship underwent intensive sanitation procedures to reduce any further risks.

“Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship of the doctors with over-the-counter medication,” he said, “We hope that all our guests feel better soon.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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