Hundreds of cruise passengers in virus scare

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Police have named a man who died on board the ship of apparently unrelated causes.

Hundreds of passengers on board the cruise ship Marco Polo, as well as members of the crew, are reported to be showing norovirus symptoms. The ship is currently berthed in Invergordon.

So far, five people who fell ill on board the ship have been treated at a local hospital and a sixth person was airlifted to another hospital after developing an unrelated medical condition.

The man who was airlifted out, 74-year-old Roy Sillett of Norwich, subsequently died in hospital.

The cruise operator, Transocean Tours, said that Sillett suffered a fatal heart attack and that his death was not related to the norovirus. The NHS added that he also had serious underlying medical health problems, and that a post-mortem examination would be conducted to determine the actual cause of death.

Approximately 380 people on board Marco Polo are showing norovirus symptoms, according to the NHS, but the health board is waiting for confirmation from tests to determine whether the cause is actually the norovirus.

Four of the people taken ill continue to receive treatment at an Inverness hospital and one person was allowed to return to the ship.

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