Contagious outbreak on cruise ship strikes almost 100 people

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An outbreak of a stomach virus has affected 91 passengers aboard a cruise ship on the first day of a ten-day voyage across the South Pacific.

DOZENS of people have been struck down with gastro on board a cruise ship that docked in Brisbane this morning.

Princess Cruises said it would conduct "deep cleansing" on the ship before it would depart again.

Carnival Australia, owner of Sun Princess commented on the outbreak: "Consistent with current public health alerts that norovirus and influenza are widespread in the general community in NSW, Victoria and Queensland respectively, proactive and successful steps were taken on board Sun Princess to limit any spread of the illness".

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The ship has previously suffered from norovirus outbreaks, with two issues with the illness in February this year.

"The first case was reported on day one of the cruise, suggesting the illness was introduced to the ship during embarkation in Brisbane".

The virus can be contracted through eating or drinking contaminated food and liquids, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then placing your hand in your mouth, small airborne particles from projectile vomiting or having direct contact with another person who is afflicted.

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