maritime health

UK Club issues updates on Asian gypsy moth for 2018

The UK P&I Club informed about the high risk season for Asian Gypsy Moth. Ships which have called an infested area during the period in which AGM is likely to contaminate them, especially from June to September, should be inspected and get an Inspection Certificate of Freedom from AGM before entering the NAPPO region.

Caution required amid global measles outbreak

The US Center for Disease Control issued a Travel Health Alert Notice regarding Measles outbreaks in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific, noting that measles remains a common disease in these regions. CDC warned that anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of getting infected when they travel internationally.

China implements enhanced yellow fever inspections

In a response to ongoing outbreaks of yellow fever in Nigeria and Brazil, China has strengthened its quarantine inspection requirements to prevent the virus being carried to China by seagoing vessels. Yellow fever is a mosquito-borne disease with the potential to cause severe health implications.

Requirements ahead Asian gypsy moth season 2018

The Gard P&I Club issued an alert drawing attention on Asian Gypsy Moth, the destructive forest pest spread via ocean-going vessels in international trade, highlighting that Australia has heightened vessel surveillance for AGM and in New Zealand is introducing new AGM requirements from 1 February 2018.

Plague outbreak in Madagascar

IMO has issued a circular informing that a plague outbreak in Madagascar has spread to the capital and port towns, according to World Health Organisation. So far, there is no  justification at this stage for restrictions on travel or trade, however, operators are advised to review specific guide issued by WHO which draws attention on lessons learned from recent disease outbreaks to provide substantive public health guidance.

USCG: How to obtain Ship Sanitation Control certificates

The USCG issued a bulletin for vessel owners and operators, informing on how to obtain a Ship Sanitation Control Certificate and/or a Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate. The aim of the bulletin is to clarify the U.S. policy on vessel inspections and issuance of certificates, as it pertains to International Health Regulations 2005.

DMA: Change of medicine chests A and B due to supply problems

Danish ships always carry a mandatory medicine chest, where the contents of medicaments and equipment are stipulated by an executive order. The Danish Maritime Authority informs that now it is difficult to acquire 7.4 Erythrom. Persons in charge of medical care on board ships flying the Danish flag must be aware that, at present, the supply of the medicament Erythromycin (7.4 Erythromycin tablets of 500 mg) is problematic. Currently, it is uncertain when the supply of this medicament will be normalised.

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