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Hepatitis Outbreak Onboard Aussie Cruises

Passengers warned in Melbourne

Hepatitis Outbreak Onboard Aussie Cruises

Not what passengers on the trip of a lifetime want to hear!

First it was the gastro outbreaks on three cruiseliners in Australia and now we've found out two cruises that travelled to and from Melbourne had the potentially contagious Hepatitis E virus on-board.

On Wednesday, the Department of Health and Human Services began contacting passengers who travelled on the Golden Princess between February 8 and 15, 2017 after a crew member showed up suffering the illness during that time.

Victoria's Chief Health Officer Professor Charles Guest said passengers were at "low risk" of infection, and were unlikely to become unwell as a result of the possible exposure.

Infected persons are presumed contagious for up to two weeks after symptoms appear.

Symptomatic Hep E (HEV) infection is most common in young adults aged 15 to 40 years but it is frequent in children but often shows no symptoms, going undiagnosed.

HEV is a viral infection targeting the liver, symptoms are similar to other types of hepatitis:

  • Jaundice
  • Fatigue
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Dark Urine
  • Fever
  • Bodyaches