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. %Gallery-51812%
Fueled by a global panic about the Swine Flu, some airports are installing thermal imaging cameras to spot arriving and departing passengers with elevated temperatures.
This technology is new to our continent, but has been used in Asia for years, mainly because of their experience in dealing with avian flu and SARS.
The thermal imaging cameras are placed in strategic locations, and show inspectors a colored image representing your temperature. Passengers with a fever will most likely be pulled aside and submitted to some extra scrutiny.
Of course, the technology could also mean those passengers running to catch their next flight may set off an alarm if the run has made them all hot and sweaty…
It won’t be long until a trip to the airport involves a full body scan and a thermal imaging session, it really is amazing what a little panic about the flu can do! Still, I’m guessing it is better to be safe than sorry, and if this technology can stop sick people from being seated next to me, I’m all for it.
The White House issued a non-apology today, clearly practicing a technique that it will use often over the next four years. Vice President Joseph Biden is famous for speaking without thinking “saying one thing and meaning another.” Today, he announced that he would not only avoid Mexico but also suggests staying away from confined spaces as the spread of swine flu contines.
White House officials are playing it safe, “clarifying” the Vice President’s remarks.
The feds hope that nobody was “unduly alarmed.” The best part, though, is that “What the vice president meant to say was the same thing that many members have said in the last few days … And that is, if you feel sick, are exhibiting flu-like symptoms….that you should take precautions, that you should limit your travel.”
TripAdvisor asked its visitors a simple question: are you changing your travel plans because of the swine flu scare? Plenty of people had answers: 2,857 people, to be exact. The vast majority (61 percent) won’t be deterred by the risk of swine flu, though there’s no indication of how many of these respondents are headed to high-risk areas. Twenty-four percent are making adjustments to upcoming excursions, and 15 percent didn’t have any travel plans to change.
How about you? Are you changing your travel plans? Or, are you ready to push forward?