Norovirus outbreak on Queen Mary 2

Norovirus outbreak on Queen Mary 2

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NEW YORK (AP) -

The cruise line that operates the Queen Mary 2 says an apparent outbreak of gastrointestinal illness subsided.

Cunard Line spokeswoman Jackie Chase says just two passengers had suspected cases of norovirus on Tuesday. That's down from 201 cases reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control as the ship made its way through the Caribbean with more than 2,600 passengers.

Norovirus is easily transmittable and typically results in vomiting and diarrhea. The CDC and Cunard say the crew of the Queen Mary 2 took steps to halt the spread of the virus such as deploying teams to do additional cleaning of public areas with disinfectant.

The ship returned to New York on Wednesday.  The liner departed on Saturday on a 12-night Caribbean cruise.

Cunard Line is part of Miami-based Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise operator.

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