ABSTRACT

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS)   [open pdf - 22KB]

The spread of SARS is not limited to air travel. Thousands of ships ply every day between ports, carrying with them seafarers from all nations. Cruise ships, ferries and passenger liners in particular carry large number of passengers and crew on each ship. Should any crew or passenger on board be infected with SARS, the disease could spread quickly on the ship to many persons. This is especially so on a passenger ship. There is therefore an urgent need for the international shipping community to appreciate the potential danger of the spread of SARS through sea travel and to take the necessary steps to prevent any spread. Countries should be ready to handle incidents of SARS on ships in their ports or arriving in their ports. The bulk of the world seaborne trade is carried by ships and all countries. This document addresses the results of consultations between the Secretary-General and the Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee concerning SARS.

Report Number:
MSC/Circ. 1068
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Date:
2003-05-06
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© International Maritime Organization. Posted here with permission.
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