The operator of a fan Voyager of the Seas Facebook page (not operated by the cruise line) posted the following:
“If you where on the Voyager of the Seas relocation cruise from Singapore to Sydney cruise and you have a really bad cough, then I suggest you got and see a Doctor as you may have Whooping cough . . . ”
A large number of passengers have posted comments in response to this post. Many passengers on the cruise say that they are ill. Many people say that they are having their blood drawn and are seeing doctors to have their throats swabbed. Others say that it has been confirmed that they have been diagnosed with whooping cough.
Passengers complain that they have hear nothing from Royal Caribbean. One person who heard back from the cruise line remarked: “I’ve heard from RC and they told me they are not compelled to notify all passengers . . . ”
Whooping cough, also known as “pertussisis,” is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by the bacterium bordetella pertussis.
Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. Pertussis most commonly affects infants and young children. It can be fatal, especially in babies less than 1 year of age.
The best way to protect against pertussis is immunization.
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