Dangerous Virus on Cruise Liners Leaves Hundreds Ill

Norovirus outbreak spreads to passengers, crew on Queen Mary 2 and Emerald Princess.
1:24 | 12/28/12

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With millions of americans on vacation this holiday, an unwelcome headline for passengers on a cruise ship. Their holiday trips turned into a nightmare when many of them became very sick. Reporter: It advertises comfort, luxury and haute cuisine. Now sailing on the grandest ocean liner ever, the "queen mary 2." Reporter: But now the colossal ocean liner is one of three cruises just this week to be rocked by mass outbreaks of the stomach flu. 194 "queen mary" passengers reported contracting the bug, believed to be the highly contagious norovirus. Ngets it can even resist most of the disinfectants that are normally used to clean environmental surfaces. So you can touch something like this and put it to your mouth and get the virus? Right. Reporter: And, tonight, the -- there's no treatment. The captain suggested they stay clear of the buff eight. Tonight the cdc is investigating why nearly 200 people were stricken on another ship, the "emerald princess," docked in 40 lauderdale yesterday. One of those passengers was sue hayes, who posted on facebook -- the staff can't keep up with what they havedo for those who are sick. Crusielines point out only a tiny fraction of their passengers are affected. Small comfort for those sick passengers on the high seas. A horrible vacation for so many.

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