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Norovirus outbreak on Royal Caribbean cruise fall ill 167 passengers

The Oasis of the Seas departed from Port Canaveral, Fla. on Jan. 6, and is due to return to port on Jan. 13.
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At least 167 passengers on board a seven-night Royal Caribbean cruise have fallen ill with the norovirus.

Officials of the Oasis of the Seas, one of the world’s largest cruise ships, confirmed on Wednesday 167 passengers have been sickened with the stomach virus, WESH reported. The ship departed from Port Canaveral, Fla. on Jan. 6, and is due to return to port on Jan. 13.

An alleged letter with respect to the issue of the Oasis management, it was quickly circulated on Twitter.

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“We bring an extra medical personnel on board and we are engaging in intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of further problems,” a spokesman for the cruise line said, adding that the affected passengers are treated with over-the-counter medicines through the Oasis’ medical team.

“On the day of today, 167 cases of gastro-intestinal illness have been reported since Sunday, representing 2 percent of the nearly 9,000 guests and crew onboard,” spokesman Owen Torres told Florida Today.
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Although representatives for Royal Caribbean did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment, they did offer Florida Today the following statement:

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“On the day of today, 167 cases of gastro-intestinal illness have been reported since Sunday, representing 2 percent of the nearly 9,000 guests and crew onboard,” spokesman Owen Torres told the outlet.

Torres did not immediately detail whether or not the ocean liner is placed in quarantine.

The $1.5 billion, an award-winning Oasis of the Seas weighs in at 226,000 tonnes, is 1,184 feet long and can be up to a maximum of 8,880 people, as per the ship’s official web page.

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