Medical Fatality on a Cargo Vessel

From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:  Please be aware of the importance of isolating crew members with suspected communicable diseases and follow-up medical surveillance of crew remaining on board or having recently disembarked.  As noted in the post, vessels should be aware of the reporting requirements when approaching a port.  We recommend carrying an antiviral medication in the ship’s medical chest such as acyclovir or valcyclovir for the treatment of Shingles caused by the varicella virus and herpes outbreaks caused by Human Simplex Virus (HSV) I or II.  Please contact us for more information.


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About the Author:

Dr. Ann Jarris is a Maritime and Remote Medicine Specialist based out of Seattle, WA. She has practiced as a physician for over 15 years in urban and remote settings. Her experience is in occupational, emergency, wilderness and virtual medicine. Dr. Jarris leads innovation and research efforts at Discovery Health MD as Co-Founder and CEO.

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