Nearly 200 passengers aboard one of the world's largest cruise ships have been knocked down with diarrhea and vomiting after allowing themselves a "bottomless buffet."
The powerful Ovation Of The Seas that carries more than 5,800 has been at sea for 14 days after a trip to Singapore when 195 passengers reported suffering from a gastrointestinal illness.
One passenger posted a video on Facebook that showed hallways 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," commented 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 galleys 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 up to date . His hygiene is first class, obviously it is a passenger who brought it, "a passenger told ABC.
Crew members dressed in industrial cleaning suits complete with masks were seen sprinkling through the halls of the luxurious ship in the video posted Facebook Royal Caribbean International, owner of the ship, said dozens received over-the-counter gastroenteritis medication.
The ship will be "fully disinfected and cleaned" once it arrives at its next port in Sydney and before the new ones passengers board.
Tasmania's director of public health, Mark Veitch, said that five people on the ship had been taken to hospital but could not confirm if they had gastroenteritis.
"Outbreaks of highly infectious diseases such as gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases it can happen on cruise ships, where a population the size of a medium-sized city mixes closely "He said.
Ovation of the Seas is expected to leave Tasm this afternoon.
"Those affected by the short-term illness were treated by our ship's doctors with over-the-counter medications and we hope that all of our guests will feel better quickly," Royal Caribbean said in a statement.
"Meanwhile, we are taking measures such as intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of more problems."
"We communicate well-established hand hygiene practices to all passengers and crew, hand basins are provided in key places to eat and hand sanitizers in all restaurants and bar entrances, where the crew is encouraging guests to use the hand sanitizer. "
" It is imperative that guests who are experiencing or have experienced any symptoms of disease, notify us as soon as possible so they can receive the required care and avoid further spread. "