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Mar 5, 2010 9:12 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

More people sick on SC cruise ship that had virus

More passengers are sick with a stomach bug on a cruise ship that was hit by virus on its previous trip from South Carolina.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reported 55 of the nearly 1,900 passengers on board the Celebrity Mercury have fallen ill. The ship sailed from Charleston on Feb. 27. Cruise line spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez did not immediately respond to an e-mail message early Friday seeking more information.

More than 400 passengers and crew got sick on the same ship last month. The start of the current cruise was delayed by a day to allow a crew to sanitize the ship.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month's outbreak was caused by norovirus. Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.

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