By: Steve Dellar | 12-05-2017 | News
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200 Cruise Ship Guests Catch Gastro

Knowing that obesity is now hitting most of the western world in record numbers, and certainly amongst seniors, we can only assume that the cruise ship Ovation of the Seas, therefore, decided that it didn’t want to stay behind on trend and had thus introduced, in true all-in style, an event for its guests called the “Bottomless Brunch” where they could really go all out.

Two days later, just as the cruise ship docked in Hobart, Australia, some 200 of their guests were simultaneously hit with gastro infections.

A statement of the company said: “Those affected by the short-lived illness were treated by our ship’s doctors with over-the-counter medication, and we hope all our guests feel better quickly. Meanwhile, we’re taking steps like intensive sanitary procedures to minimise the risk of any further issues.”

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The ‘Ovation of the Seas’, which carries more than 5,800 people, had already been sailing for two weeks and arrived in Tasmania after a trip to Singapore.

Royal Caribbean International, which owns the ship, confirmed that some 195 people received over-the-counter medication for gastroenteritis. The ship will now be “comprehensively sanitized and cleansed” once it arrives at its next port in Sydney and before any new passengers board.

So far, five of the passengers have been taken to hospital as their illness was too serious to be treated on board.

Tasmania’s Director of Public Health, Mr. Mark Veitch, commented: “Outbreaks of highly infectious conditions such as gastro and respiratory illness can occur in cruise ships, where a population the size of a medium-sized town mixes closely together.”


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