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Dozens Fall Ill on Cruise Ship

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posted on Jul, 31 2009 @ 02:14 PM
PARIS (July 31) —About 60 crew members on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship have been diagnosed with swine flu and confined to their cabins while the ship is in a French port, a French official said Friday. The cruise line says the sickness isn't swine flu.
The French official, Alpes-Maritime regional spokeswoman Geraldine Soulier, said that in addition to the people have been diagnosed with swine flu, another 70 ship employees showed symptoms of it. Some of the crew aboard the Voyager of the Seas had shown swine flu symptoms before the ship departed earlier this week from Barcelona, Spain, Soulier said.
But Royal Caribbean spokeswoman Cynthia Martinez told USA Today that those who are feeling sick don't have swine flu. Two passengers and 62 crew members have cold and flu-like symptoms but have tested negative for influenza A, which includes swine flu, Martinez said.
The ship arrived Friday in Villefranche-sur-Mer as part of a Mediterranean tour, and local officials allowed the ship's 3,600 passengers to visit the town before the boat leaves Friday night for|main|dl1|link3|h
Why is one side saying swine flu and the other side says no, Why?

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