Bad times for cruise passengers – after a flesh eating bacteria scare earlier this month, it’s an Australian ship that is in trouble this time.
The P&O operated Pacific Dawn was scheduled to cruise around the Great Barrier Reef, but 3 crew members were confirmed to be infected with swine flu.
At the moment, the schedule has been canceled, and the ship is heading towards Brisbane.
Once in port, only Queensland residents will be allowed to disembark, but they will all be forced to undergo a health check.
These 150 passengers will then be transported to their homes, where they will have to stay indoors for at least 7 days.
The remaining 1850 passengers will be forced to stay on board as the ship has been turned into a quarantine area.
The ship will head towards Sydney on Monday and will remain in quarantine until health officials clear every passenger.
The three crew members who were infected have received treatment. Five of the 2000 passengers are in isolation awaiting results of tests.
Update: The passengers have been granted permission to disembark. Medical tests showed no evidence of any further infections. On its previous cruise, a total of 48 passengers were infected. Initial reports show that the confirmed cases of swine flu on this cruise were all picked up on the previous voyage.