07 DEC 2017: Almost 200 passengers have been struck down with a gastro-intestinal illness on Royal Caribbean's Ovation of the Seas. The ship left Singapore on November 23 and docked in Hobart, Tasmania on Tuesday. The cruise line says the ill passengers are being treated with over-the-counter medicines.  

Ovation of the Seas is one of the world's largest ships with a passenger capacity of 4,905.

The Tasmanian Health Service is working with the cruise line to stem the spread of the outbreak.

"Cruise ships have their own medical teams, medical surveillance systems, outbreak control measures and are well-trained in treating passengers. The ship has notified health services of two passengers that are likely to require transfer to a hospital for medical assistance. These two cases are not necessarily linked to the gastroenteritis outbreak," a Tasmanian Health Service spokesperson said.

The ship will be 'comprehensively sanitized and cleansed' when it docks in Sydney on Thursday and before new passengers board, the cruise line said.

"Meanwhile, we're taking steps like intensive sanitary procedures to minimize the risk of any further issues."



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