CDC confirms norovirus on earlier SC cruise

CHARLESTON, SC - CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Officials with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say tests confirm it was the norovirus that caused people to get ill on a third straight cruise from South Carolina earlier this month.

The agency confirms the norovirus caused almost 420 people aboard Celebrity Mercury to get ill on a cruise boat that returned to Charleston on March 18. Norovirus symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

The Mercury then underwent three days of extensive cleaning. There were no problems when the ship sailed on a fourth cruise last week.

The Celebrity was back in Charleston on Monday preparing to board another cruise.

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