Luxury Liner Faces Outbreak of Highly Contagious Stomach Virus

Matt Gutman shares new details from the cruise ship health scare.
1:57 | 12/29/12

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Now, to what was supposed to be a floating island of of lance but instead has turned into nausea on the high seas. An outbreak of a highly-contagious stomach virus on "the queen mary 2" disrupting vacations. Matt gutman has more. Reporter: The cdc is investigating two outbreaks of the stomach flu on cruise liners. 200 passengers aboard "the queen mary 2" reported vomiting and diarrhea this week. A bug believed to be the norovirus. The captain telling healthy passengers to avoid the buffet and quarantining the ill. And aboard another ship, "the emerald princess," which docked thursday in ft. Lauderdale, another 194 taking ill. One of them posting on facebook that paramedics and staff were stretched. Saying there aren't enough staffs to get clean towels. And the room stewards are not allowed to come in the room. And a third ship had another 100 illnesses. The famous transatlantic -- Reporter: All aboard grand liners advertising comfort, luxury and fine dining. While there are no cures, the norovirus generally passes after a day or two. What can passengers do to minimize risk? I think passengers should wash their hands or sanitize them with alcohol rubs before they eat. And after they go to the bathroom. Reporter:16 ships reported stomach flu outbreaks this year. Cruise lines point out it affects just a fraction of their 14 million annual passengers. Little comfort to those spending their vacation in the infirmary. For "good morning america," matt gutman, abc news, miami. Feel for those people in a confined space, too. Stuck. Time for a check of the

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