Mississippi Queen Resumes Cruising after Illnesses

NOVEMBER 9, 2006 - Posted at 1:17 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - After a thorough cleaning, the Mississippi Queen is back on the river for its first cruise since two virus outbreaks sickened 200 passengers.

The riverboat left from St. Louis yesterday for a week-long cruise that followed a ten-day, quarantined scrub-down while the boat was docked near St. Louis.

Two October cruises were cut short when passengers and crew became ill.  Infections typically lasted 24 to 48 hours.  Symptoms included diarrhea and vomiting.

The new cruise was sold out with 416 passengers.  But some told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch they had not been informed of the virus outbreaks.

Delta Queen Steamboat Company says only passengers who called with concerns were informed.

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