More than 70 of 400 passengers onboard Transocean's Marco Polo have contracted suspected Norovirus, BBC News reports today.
The news outlet further reports that a 70-year-old passenger died on the voyage, and that the outbreak may have played a role in his death. Cruise Critic was unable to confirm at press time whether the man, thought to be from England, was indeed suffering from symptoms of Norovirus.
Marco Polo departed London Tilbury on 4 July for a 10-night British Isles voyage. The ship is being detained in Invergordon while passengers are tended to and tests are conducted by Scottish authorities to confirm the cause of the outbreak. Invergordon was the first port of call for the vessel.
Norovirus, sometimes referred to as the stomach flu, is the most common cause of infectious gastroenteritis in the U.K. and is generally not dangerous, with symptoms usually clearing up in a day or two. However, the bug can prove more serious among the elderly, young children and those with underlying health issues.
We'll keep you posted. In the meantime, learn more about Norovirus in our feature, Norovirus -- What You Need to Know.
--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor
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Norovirus Suspected on Marco Polo
July 6, 2009