A Ruby Princess crew member in a Sydney hospital has been diagnosed with tuberculosis, prompting authorities to notify all recent passengers.
The NSW Health letter, dated Saturday, said the person was diagnosed this week while being treated in Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.
“Most importantly, there is no reason to believe you are at increased risk of contracting tuberculosis from being on the cruise ship,” Health Protection NSW’s Dr Christine Selvey said, in a letter published by the Network Ten.
Tuberculosis is spread after close and prolonged contact with the infected person, rather than casual exposure, the letter says.
Hospital staff, roommates, close friends and workmates of the crew member may be at risk.
The Ruby Princess has been linked to more than 20 coronavirus deaths and 600 infections across Australia, including a cluster in Tasmania.
A NSW Special Commission of Inquiry is currently examining why 2700 passengers were allowed to disembark the ship on March 19 without proper checks.
Australian Associated Press