Almost 100 hit by gastro on cruise ship as it reaches Qld

The Sun Princess docked in Brisbane on Thursday
The Sun Princess docked in Brisbane on Thursday

ALMOST 100 people have been struck down with gastro on board a cruise ship that docked in Brisbane this morning.

The Sun Princess docked in Brisbane on Thursday, with a spokeswoman from the Metro North Public Health Unit confirming it was aware of at least 91 cases of gastro.

"We have been advised that on-board testing has found norovirus to be the cause of the illness," she said.

A statement from the company yesterday confirmed that the first case of the illness was reported on day one of the 10-day cruise of the South Pacific.

"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," the statement read.

"Out of an abundance of caution, deep cleansing was conducted on the ship and in the terminal for the ship's turnaround in Brisbane today resulting in a slight delay in the ship's scheduled departure."

Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and some stomach cramps are among the symptoms of norovirus.

Anyone suffering from these symptoms has been urged to consult with their GP and to not attend work or school for at least 48 hours.

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