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Illness Hits Hundreds Aboard Cruise Ship

Feb 2, 2003 | AP

Nearly 250 passengers and crew of the Sun Princess came down with a gastrointestinal illness during the cruise ship's voyage from Los Angeles to Hawaii, Princess Cruises said.

It wasn't known if the ill were suffering from Norwalk or Norwalk-like viruses, which afflicted more than 1,500 cruise ship passengers in recent months. The viruses, which cause diarrhea, stomach pain and vomiting for up to 48 hours are spread by close contact with infected people or the things they have touched.

Those with symptoms aboard the Sun Princess weren't allowed to take shore excursions as the cruise line set to work sanitizing the ship after it arrived in Honolulu Harbor on Saturday morning.

The first illness was reported shortly after the vessel left Los Angeles on Jan. 25, the cruise line said. The 247 people afflicted complained of common symptoms, including diarrhea, nausea and vomiting.

"I was quarantined in my stateroom," said passenger Richard McNally, who said he could get food only through room service.

The ship was to make stops at Kauai and Maui before returning to California.

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