Merchant ship arriving from Nigeria docks in Savannah, Coast Guard responds
A boat arriving from Nigeria that docked in Savannah, Thursday morning, is now serving as a subtle reminder that the spread of Ebola isn’t isolated to air transportation. But thanks to a pre-existing plan, the U.S. Coast Guard is already working to make sure that Savannah’s ports don’t become the next port of call for the deadly disease. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Savannah inspected the commercial vessel Atlantic Pendant, arriving from Nigeria, as part of the unit’s standard screening protocol of merchant vessels arriving in the U.S. from foreign ports. Officials said that there were no indications of illness or health concerns on the boat despite its arrival from a country that only recently started to recover from an Ebola outbreak – this while other countries in west Africa continue to show case numbers skyrocket. The screening is part of the overarching process implemented by the Coast Guard that has been actively monitoring the arrival of merchant vessels that have come from the Ebola-affected region of west Africa since August. To date, there have been no reports of any commercial vessel crew members at any U.S. port being infected with the Ebola virus. By U.S. Federal Regulation, all vessels and stakeholders are required to report sick or deceased crew members prior to U.S. port entry.
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