Ocean liner quarantined off Venezuela with swine flu

At least 1,200 passengers on board the Spanish-owned Ocean Dream cruise liner off the coast of Venezuela were refused permission to land 17 June after three crew members were diagnosed with A/H1N1 flu. Eleven more crew members are suspected of being infected. “The virus was detected in three crew members and the boat must now stay in quarantine until June 24,” said Venezuelan health official Jorge Alchaer, reports the BBC. Venezuela has 25 confirmed cases of the flu, according to the WHO (World Health Organization). Local Venezuelan news sources report that the 376 Venezuelan passengers have been allowed onto the island of Maragarita for testing. Reuters, WHO, El Nacional (Spa)