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St. Louis-bound riverboat passengers treated for possible virus infection


Paducah, Ky. – Health officials are monitoring food and hygiene practices aboard a St. Louis-bound riverboat after at least 36 passengers complained of flu-like symptoms.

The ill passengers on the Mississippi Queen were taken to a hospital in Henderson, Kentucky, as it made its way along the Ohio River from Cincinnati to St. Louis.

Kentucky health officials say the non-life threatening illness appears similar to the Norwalk virus, which is common among cruises, nursing homes and schools.

Ten people were still in the hospital as of Sunday. Most of the 525 passengers remained on board.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a team to travel aboard the boat from Paducah to St. Louis.