Standard Club advised that the Philippines declared a national dengue virus epidemic in early August after reporting a significant increase in dengue cases from 2018. Dengue is spread through infected mosquitos; therefore, operators should be aware that crew members embarking from the Philippines may be carriers of the dengue virus.
The American Club recently experienced an increase in illness claims regarding heat exposure. In order to supply a loss prevention response to this trend, the Club collaborated with Wise Health Inc. Seafarer Outreach to produce guidance to improve seafarers’ awareness of measures to avoid such illnesses. The guidance describes heat-related illnesses, and discusses proactive measures to prevent them.
In 2017, there were an estimated 219 million cases of malaria in 90 countries” and deaths caused by malaria reached 435,000, according to data provided by WHO. Meanwhile, UK P&I Club said it has recently been informed of two deaths and two cases of serious illness due to malaria.
An electrical power failure onboard not only jeopardizes vessel’s safe operations but also may be linked to electrical hazards, putting at risk crew lives, especially electricians’ who are responsible to handle these systems onboard, and also personnel attempting electrical power connections during shipbuilding, ship repair or ship breaking.
In the latest issue of its StopLoss Bulletin , the London P&I Club draws the attention to malaria, a life-threatening disease to which seafarers are particularly at risk due to the very nature of their employment. Malaria is prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical zones around the world, with the majority of cases occurring in sub-saharan Africa.
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