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Royal Caribbean cruise illness update: CDC boards cruise ship, 626 people ill

At least 622 people have fallen ill on a recent Royal Caribbean cruise.
At least 622 people have fallen ill on a recent Royal Caribbean cruise.Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Royal Caribbean cruise illness updates have come in on Monday (Jan. 27). The CDC has reportedly boarded the Royal Caribbean cruise ship and reports the illness has spread to at least 626 people. According to a report from CBS, 577 passengers and 49 crew members have developed symptoms that include diarrhea and vomiting. These numbers come directly from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Officials for the CDC are going to remain on the ship until it reaches port on Wednesday (Jan. 29) at Cape Liberty, N.J. The good news is that it appears the people who got sick are showing improvement. Spokesperson Janet Diaz stated that passengers have, "responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship."

While analysis and tests are being done on the people who have gotten sick, the CDC also reportedly added extra sanitary measures inside the ship. It was stated that one of those measures was to aggressively clean the ship. Health officials are also expected to reveal by Wednesday whether this is a contagious infection that has taken place and whether anyone else is still at risk.

More updates on the Royal Caribbean cruise illness are expected to be revealed on Tuesday and Wednesday (Jan. 28-29), with more information likely coming from the CDC as well.

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