A “short-lived” yet aggressive bout of gastro has struck down a number of passengers on board a cruise ship.
A spokesperson for the Celebrity Solstice – which departed Sydney yesterday with almost 3,000 passengers – confirmed that 18 people on board had received treatment for gastrointestinal illness, The Daily Telegraph reports.
“Celebrity Solstice is currently sailing a 12 night New Zealand cruise, which departed Sydney on 30 October 2017,” they said.
"There have been 18 reported cases of gastro-intestinal illness symptoms, which represents 0.6 per cent of the 2,759 guests onboard, plus 1,256 crew.
"Those affected by the short-lived illness are being treated by the ship’s doctors and responding well to over-the-counter medication.”
With multiple strains of gastro reported in recent months, experts say simple hand hygiene is the best defence against stomach viruses.
Up to 300 million people are affected each year by the illness, only surpassed in prevalence by the common cold.
The spokesperson added the Celebrity Solstice would depart Melbourne as scheduled at 5pm today.