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Gastro outbreak forces Caribbean cruise ship to return to US

Posted at 4:08 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 16:08:38-05

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A Caribbean Princess cruise has been cut short following a gastrointestinal outbreak aboard the ship. It was denied entry to at least one island and was headed to its home port in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on Monday.

A statement by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least 299 passengers and 22 crew members aboard the ship operated by California-based Princess Cruises became sick.

The Health Ministry of Trinidad & Tobago said in a statement that it denied the ship entry as a precautionary measure given the outbreak.