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Some 172 passengers on board The Crown Princess have fallen ill with the highly infectious norovirus, a form of gastroenteritis.

According to news.com.au, The Crown Princess has more than 4,100 people on board and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention in America will meet the ship upon arrival in San Pedro. The CDC will then conduct testing and evaluate the response.

Susan Lomax, a spokesperson from Princess Cruises said the line has enacted “stringent disinfecting protocols.” The CDC will also conduct a deep cleaning of the ship and terminal in Los Angeles.

It was also reported that earlier this year, 129 people on the same ship contracted norovirus on board a seven-day cruise off the California coast which went through the same disinfecting process.

Ms Lomax said the cold and flu season was a key player in the development of the virus and and Princess Cruises encourages all passengers to diligently follow practices of washing and sanitising their hands.

Symptoms of the virus include vomiting, diarrhoea, fever and body aches with most people recovering within three days according to the CDC.

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