Cruise Ship Passengers Warned of Possible Hepatitis E Exposure

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  • Passengers who sailed on the Golden Princess cruise ship recently were notified that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis E.
  • Authorities identified passengers who sailed on two cruises out of Melbourne, on February 8th and 15th, as possibly having been exposed.
  • Health officials say that the risk of transmission was low.

Some passengers who sailed on the Golden Princess cruise ship recently were warned that they may have been exposed to Hepatitis E. Those at risk include passengers who boarded the ship during two recent sailings out of Melbourne.

Authorities say that those who sailed on the affected cruises, which embarked on February 8th and 15th of this year, may have been exposed to a crew member who was battling the illness at the time of the cruises.

Professor Charles Guest, Victoria's Chief Health Officer, says that passengers were at a low risk of infection.

Hepatitis E is a virus which can be transmitted by coming into contact with infected humans, animals, or their feces. The virus is not usually fatal, but can cause a range of symptoms such as fever, nausea, vomiting, and stomach pain.