MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 29) - Australian health authorities have urged passengers on cruise ship holidays to take extra care after 200 people aboard a P&O cruise liner were struck down with a stomach virus last week.

The Pacific Sky was docked in Sydney for several hours on the weekend while staff disinfected the ship.

The director of the New South Wales' South Eastern Public Health Unit, Dr Mark Ferson, says passengers traveling on cruise liners who are unwell should notify the ship's medical staff.

"The response of the of the medical people on the ship is naturally to encourage people who are sick to seek medical care and if they have gastro-interitis - diarrhoea or vomiting - then they really ask the passengers to confine themselves to their own cabins so that minimizes the risk of spreading it to other people."

December 29, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra


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