P&O Australia: Another Suspected Cruise Ship Flu Case

June 3, 2009
Pacific Sun Update, 11:30 p.m. EDT: Fisk tells us tonight that initial results from the lab point to seasonal flu only.

(5:30 p.m. EDT) -- P&O Cruises Australia is in the swine flu spotlight once again, with the Brisbane Times reporting that a female passenger onboard Pacific Sun has tested positive for the H1N1 virus.

However, P&O Australia spokesman Anthony Fisk tells us that, at press time (7:30 a.m. on June 4 in Australia), the guest is simply confirmed to have flu -- and that the full results of a test to determine whether the H1N1 strain is present won't be available for at least a few more hours. Fisk also says that "it's been misreported [by news media] that many people have the flu onboard."

P&O Australia's Pacific Dawn was impacted by swine flu last week; the voyage was cut short when three crewmembers tested positive for swine flu. No passengers were ill.

According to the Brisbane Times, the passenger in question onboard Pacific Sun and about a dozen close contacts will be quarantined when the ship docks at Auckland on June 4.

We'll keep you posted.

--by Melissa Baldwin Paloti, Managing Editor