Ebola virus disease (EVD)

Health and Safety, Marine Insurance, Medical — By on October 9, 2014 at 2:10 PM

shipowners club new logoEbola virus disease (EVD) causes an acute and serious illness and is often fatal if left untreated. EVD is having a devastating impact on countries that have recently suffered outbreaks, such as Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

We advise all Members who have vessels trading in the West Africa region to keep up-to-date with the advice published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Both organisations are expert in this field and are whom the Club is being guided by.

In addition, we recommend that Members keep in contact with our correspondents in the area for the most up-to-date information regarding outbreaks, including any new restrictions or procedures that may be imposed in the local vicinity.

Members should be aware that in addition to the precautions required in known EVB outbreak areas, further restrictions and health checks may be imposed by port authorities of countries Members subsequently visited.

The WHO has issued a Frequently Asked Questions document to assist with enquiries such as; how is the disease transmitted? And what precautions can be taken?

To obtain further updated information, Members are also directed to regular information feeds published by WHO. We would invite any Member with further concerns to contact the Club by email: lossprevention@shipownersclub.com.

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