Royal Caribbean cruise’s illness tally nears 650 as ship heads home early

Like a combination of disinfectant and vomit.
That’s how a passenger on board a Royal Caribbean cruise described the ship’s smell after hundreds of people fell ill.
Shannon Blace went on the trip with her fiance and 10 other friends and family members.
Of the 12, nine got sick, she said. One of the women in her group got sick twice.
In total, 595 of the 3,050 passengers and 50 of 1,165 crew members have become ill, according to Bernadette Burden, a spokeswoman with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
They reported vomiting and diarrhea.
The cause of the illness is not clear, though the symptoms are consistent with norovirus, the cruise line said.
Noroviruses spread easily and are a common cause of gastroenteritis, which produces vomiting and diarrhea.
Because of the outbreak, Royal Caribbean cut its 10-day cruise short.
Explorer of the Seas left from Cape Liberty, New Jersey. It will return Wednesday, two days early.

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