Passengers on the bad-luck Ruby Princess cruise ship have been sent another warning from New South Wales the health department, that they could get TB.
That Princess Ruby a cruise arriving in Sydney on March 19 is responsible for about 10% of all coronavirus infections in Australia, and careless outbreak management has triggered two separate investigations.
On Saturday, passengers on board received a letter from NSW Health warned them that a crew member working on the voyage tested positive for TB this week.
The letter, from the acting director of the health department for infectious diseases, Dr. Christine Selvey, told passengers that “there is no reason to believe that you are at higher risk of contracting TB from being on a cruise ship”.
Selvey said passengers do not need to be screened at this time but have been told to “allay worries”.
“Passengers on board are at very low risk of infection,” he said.
Crew members were diagnosed at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney this week, and remain in the hospital for treatment. There are risks of infection in hospital workers, friends and people who have long been in contact with that person.
That happened when scientists in Queensland prepared to filter waste from the center Queensland city to try to find the source of Covid-19 infection which claimed the life of 30-year-old Nathan Turner.
Turner is the youngest person in Australia who died after testing positive for Covid-19 but the source of the infection is unknown. Queensland didn’t record new cases of coronavirus on Saturday and only six cases were active.
Testing wastewater can also reveal how many people in Blackwater might be exposed or not have a virus if a trace is detected in the waste.
Investigators in Queensland are trying to “unravel” the story of a nurse’s change at the center of two coronavirus fears in Queensland to determine whether she could be the source.
The unnamed nurse was suspended after he continued to appear to work at the Rockhampton nursing home despite having symptoms, and while awaiting test results.
Questions were also asked about the travel trips he made to Blackwater during the locking afterwards Turner died of a virus.
The deputy prime minister and health minister, Steven Miles, said the formal inquiry would get to the bottom of critical questions, such as why the nurse had not revealed he had traveled to Kuala Lumpur in March.
“It seems very unlikely that someone was not asked if they had traveled abroad when it was the focus of our investigation efforts for all cases of the corona virus,” Miles said.
Also on Saturday, Labor Party foreign affairs spokesman Penny Wong and health spokesman Chris Bowen released a statement expressing “deep disappointment” at Donald Trump’s decision to sever all ties with the World Health Organization.
“The Australian government must urge the US to reconsider its decision and work with other member states to ensure adequate funding from WHO to continue to play an important role,” the statement said.
Meanwhile, the Australian Veterinary Association has written a letter to the federal agriculture minister, David Littleproud, asking for certainty that he will not grant an export license extension immediately after the shipment was delayed due to a coronavirus outbreak among the crew.
At least 20 people tested positive for Covid-19 in connection with the breakup of the Al-Kuwait ship, which arrived at Fremantle on May 22. Under new direct export rules introduced this year, direct export of sheep to the Middle East was banned from 1 June to 14 September because of the risk of heat stress on animals in metal hulls in the northern hemisphere’s summer.
“We believe that the welfare risks to these animals are very high in June, and no exceptions are given,” AVA president Dr. Warwick Vale. “It is very important that the government enforce regulations, to ensure that animal welfare standards during the export of live sheep are in line with the expectations of the veterinary profession and the wider community.”
RSPCA and Animal Australia also said licenses should not be extended, with senior RSPCA policy official, Dr Jed Goodfellow, saying that direct export companies based in Perth “took a very unreasonable risk in an effort to speed up this last shipment so that it was close to the deadline “.
In Victoria, a group of elementary students at Melbourne was placed in quarantine home for two weeks after one member of the two-year class at the Holy Eucharist elementary school in St Albans tested positive for Covid-19. Other students from that class have been asked to quarantine.
Infection is associated with previously reported outbreaks at Keilor Downs Middle School.
Victoria recorded 11 new Covid-19 cases overnight, three of which were related to the Keilor Downs cluster and four with an outbreak at the Rydges hotel on Swanston Street in Melbourne CBD, where international travelers had been subject to 14-day compulsory quarantine.
That brings the total number of staff at Rydges positive to six after that the first two security guards tested positive on Wednesday.
Thirteen people in international quarantine at the hotel were also stated positive.
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