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Flu and norovirus run through the Panhandle


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By TAMMI KATE LEDFORD

Health officials blamed a highly contagious, hard-to-get-rid-of virus for an outbreak of illness among nearly 400 patrons of an Olive Garden restaurant outside Indianapolis.
A cruise ship returned to Charleston, South Carolina, on Friday after more than 400 passengers got sick during a trip to the Caribbean. The Celebrity Cruises’ ship Mercury ended a voyage marked by an outbreak of a gastrointestinal illness that sickened 435 of 1,838 passengers.
Investigators probed the illness that forced a famed chef to temporarily close his award-winning restaurant last month said officials. Fourteen staff members and diners were infected with norovirus, a highly contagious stomach bug.
A cruise ship that suffered an outbreak of the norovirus, sickening around 20 percent of its passengers, returned to New York early Tuesday.
Suffering a bout of gastrointestinal illness in a cramped cruise ship cabin ranks pretty high on the scale of vacation nightmares. And given the bug going around this year, illness at sea is likely to spike.

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