Norovirus outbreak hits cruise ship passengers

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At least 91 passengers on a cruise ship have been hit by a suspected case of norovirus, Australian authorities say.

The virus, a stomach bug, was detected on the first day of the Sun Princess cruise to the South Pacific, a statement by its parent company said.

Queensland state health authorities confirmed the cases after the ship berthed in Brisbane.

The Sun Princess was affected by two similar cases in February.

In the latest instance, passengers had boarded the ship for a 10-day cruise when they began reporting symptoms, Princess Cruises said.

“We have been advised that on-board testing has found norovirus to be the cause of the illness,” a spokesperson for Queensland’s Metro North Public Health Unit said.

Princess Cruises said it would conduct “deep cleansing” on the ship before it would depart again.

“Proactive and successful steps were taken on board Sun Princess to limit any spread of the illness,” a spokesman said.

“The first case was reported on day one of the cruise suggesting the illness was introduced to the ship during embarkation in Brisbane.”

Meanwhile, a coach has crashed into the wall of a tunnel in China, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13, state media report.

The coach had left the city of Chengdu en route to Luoyang when it crashed in Shaanxi province just before midnight (16:00 GMT Thursday).

Rescue work was still under way as the injured people were taken to hospital.

Possible causes of the crash was not given. Deadly road accidents are common in China.

The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of a million people were killed on Chinese roads in 2013, the latest year for which figures are available.

BBC

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