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published December 24, 2002


Illnesses temporarily halt cruise ship kids program

MIAMI -- A popular children's program aboard a Carnival cruise ship was temporarily shut down after some of the youngsters became ill, officials said.

The "Camp Carnival" program was closed for a day and a half aboard Carnival's Spirit and reopened over the weekend, company spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz said Monday.

Company spokesman Tim Gallagher could not say how many children had become ill or if their symptoms were consistent with the Norwalk-like virus outbreaks that have plagued many cruise ships in recent weeks.

The 963-foot ship is scheduled to return Thursday to the Port of Miami from an eight-day voyage through the southern Caribbean.

Canker quarantine zones declared in Orange County

ORLANDO -- Agriculture officials established two quarantine zones Monday in Orange County to stop the spread of citrus canker.

Canker was found in July and September. So far, 1,187 residential trees on 374 properties in the county have been destroyed with homeowners' cooperation.

"The best way to stay ahead of the spread of citrus canker is by establishing quarantine areas like these," said Florida Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson.

People in the quarantine areas aren't allowed to move citrus plant material, exchange fruit with anyone or plant any new citrus trees in their yards. Residents also have to dispose of citrus peels and any uneaten citrus fruit in plastic bags.

Citrus canker quarantines already are in effect in Broward, Collier, De Soto, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Manatee, Martin and Miami-Dade counties.

Canker is a bacteria that causes unsightly brown blemishes on fruit and can cause it to drop prematurely from trees. It does not harm humans, but leaders of Florida's $9-billion citrus industry see canker as a threat to their crop.

Haines City couple among 3 killed in I-95 crash

ORMOND BEACH -- A 19-year-old Port Orange man and a couple in their 60s from Haines City died Monday morning in a head-on crash on Interstate 95, police said.

Their identities weren't immediately released because their families hadn't been notified.

The young man's pickup truck veered across a grassy median and struck the couple's Lincoln, the Florida Highway Patrol said. Authorities didn't know what caused the accident.

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