for Cruise Research
centre for research and for
M. J. and Ressler, K. A. "Bound for Sydney town: health
surveillance on international cruise
vessels visiting the port of Sydney," Medical
Journal of Australia, 2005, 182:8,
for routine health surveillance on international cruise ships visiting
the Port of Sydney has been developed since 1998. Before ntroduction of
programme, ships only reported quarantinable diseases and were not
aware of the Australian requirement to report other infectious
routine reporting, developed in partnership with the cruise ship
industry, provides timely information on all infectious diseases of
public health interest during every cruise.
During 1999-2003, the programme resulted
in detection of and response to 14 outbreaks of gastroenteritis or
respiratory infection, affecting more than 1400 passengers and crew.
The program has improved preventive action, and risk communication and
by cruise ship operators, and led to more timely investigation and
by public health authorities.
M, Paraskevopoulos P, Hatzi S, et al. "Presumptive summer
influenza A: an outbreak on a trans-Tasman cruise," Communicable
Mar 16 2000, 24(3):45-7.
Abstract: A number of recent reports from the Northern Hemisphere have
drawn attention to the occurrence of summer outbreaks (May to August)
of influenza A among cruise ship passengers and their contacts. In
cases amongst passengers returning to Canada from Alaska, exposure
appears to have occurred during the land-based Alaskan tour with
illness developing during the subsequent cruise. A late summer outbreak
of influenza A among passengers and crew on the return leg of a 14-day
Sydney-New Zealand-Sydney cruise is reported in this article.