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North Pacific Ocean - Mystery illness plagues Queen Victoria cruise ship as 154 passengers experience vomiting and diarrhea
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A mystery gastrointestinal illness is spreading aboard a Hawaii-bound cruise ship, sickening at least 154 people as of Saturday, officials said.The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is in the midst of investigating the massive outbreak on the Queen Victoria, operated by Cunard Cruise Line, a British shipping and cruise line based in Southampton, England, according to ABC.The vessel, which is carrying 1,824 passengers and 967 crew members, left from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Jan. 22 and is set to reach its final destination of Honolulu on Feb. 12.The cause of the illnesses is still unknown, according to the CDC.On Friday, it was reported that 139 were infected with the illness, but that number jumped to 154 on Saturday, with a total of 129 passengers and 25 crew members now experiencing symptoms such as diarrhea and vomiting.Cunard Cruise Line confirmed to The Post that “a number of guests had reported symptoms of gastrointestinal illness on board” and they are enacting protocols to ensure the “wellbeing” of those on board.”The CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program is keeping tabs on the situation and looking into the ship’s response and protocols.