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Last Updated: Saturday, 10 June 2006, 09:47 GMT 10:47 UK
Cruise ship struck again by bug
Van Gogh cruise ship
Some of the Van Vogh's passengers became ill
A cruise ship detained in port after a major outbreak of sickness has been struck again by illness.

The Van Gogh docked in Harwich, Essex, on Friday after a cruise of the Norwegian Fjords, during which 28 passengers became ill.

The vessel, operated by Travelscope, is due to set sail on Saturday with a new set of holidaymakers on board.

About two weeks ago the ship was detained at Harwich, on the advice of the local director of public health.

During the earlier incident about 70 passengers and 15 crew contracted the vomiting bug, which is believed to have been the norovirus.

'Common viruses'

About 500 passengers were turned away while the ship was disinfected.

On an earlier cruise, 50 travellers had become ill while on board the vessel and the ship was deep-cleaned and declared safe by public health experts.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) spokeswoman said: "Viruses like this are very common. It is not that the Van Gogh has any sort of health and safety issues.

"The vessel went through a port health inspection yesterday. It will go through a deep cleaning process and is free to sail on a new cruise."


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