Almost 200 passengers aboard one of the world's largest cruise ships have been knocked down with diarrhea and vomiting after being allowed a "bottomless buffet."
The powerful Ovation Of The Seas that transports more than 5,800 had been at sea for 14 days after a trip to Singapore when 195 passengers reported suffering from a gastrointestinal illness.
A passenger posted a video on Facebook that showed the corridors sprayed by crew members in industrial cleaning suits after docking in Hobart, Tasmania.
"Now I'm here and, basically, a duck sitting with people in both cabins that is not quite right with the gastrointestinal," said another person in the video.
"They are doing everything perfectly to avoid more diseases." Last night I could hear them sprinkling outside my cabin. "
Other informed restaurants could not be accessed, food was stopped with fingers and a galley tour was canceled.
A letter published on the internet revealed that Bottomless brunch service was reduced after the outbreak.
Other passengers praised the efforts of the crew to deal with the outbreak.
"The ship is doing absolutely everything to control it, you wash your hands at least a dozen times day . His hygiene is first class, obviously it is a passenger who brought it, "said a passenger to ABC.
Crew members dressed in industrial cleaning suits complete with masks were seen sprinkling through the corridors of the luxurious ship in the video posted Facebook Royal Caribbean International, owner of the boat, said dozens of them received over-the-counter gastroenteritis medication.
The ship will be "completely disinfected and cleaned" once it arrives at its next port in Sydney and before it new passengers board.
Tasmania's director of public health, Mark Veitch, said that five people on the ship had been taken to the hospital but could not confirm if they had gastroenteritis.
"Outbreaks of highly infectious diseases such as gastrointestinal diseases and respiratory can occur on cruise ships, where a population the size of a medium-sized city mixes strechamente, "he said.
Ovation of the Seas is expected to leave Tasm this afternoon.
"Those affected by the short-term illness were treated by the doctors on our boat with over-the-counter medications and we hope that all our guests will feel better quickly," Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
"Meanwhile, we are taking measures as intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of more problems."
"We communicate well-established hand hygiene practices to all passengers and crew, and in all restaurants and bars, where the crew is located, hand basins are installed in key places to eat and disinfectants for hands, and encourages guests to use the hand sanitizer. "
" It is imperative that guests experience or have experienced any symptoms of illness, let us know as soon as possible so they can receive the required care and avoid any further spread. "
This article originally appeared in The Sun.