Over 25% of the passengers sailing from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, on the trans-Atlantic Carnival line appear to have been infected by norovirus. This is not how anyone would want to end their Roman holiday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – More than 700 passengers and crew members aboard a trans-Atlantic cruise have fallen ill with flu-like symptoms, cruise line officials said.
The outbreak, believed to be norovirus, struck people aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines’ Liberty, one of the world’s largest cruise ships, according to a statement issued Wednesday by the Miami-based company.
The ship left Rome on Nov. 3 with about 2,800 paying passengers and was due to arrive in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday.
“Within 24 hours of sailing, they had a lot of people sick. It has tapered off considerably over the past couple days,” said David Forney, with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
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