Piraeus taking emergency Ebola precautions at Piraeus port

Παρασκευή, 24 Οκτωβρίου 2014 22:39

The Piraeus Regional Section announced that emergency measures are being taken to prevent the transmission of the Ebola virus, centre on the Piraeus port cargo docks.

According to the authority, every cargo vessel that arrives at the Container Terminal, Car Terminal, Shipyard Repair Zone or anchors will be given a special form to be filled in by the captain, before anyone is allowed on or off. In this, the captain must give a detailed list of the ship's latest trips, naming not just the port from which the ship set sail but also any intermediate ports of call, even those for refuelling, and the duration of the journey.

In this way, authorities will be in a position to know if a ship has approached a port in a high-risk country for Ebola and how many days ago that occurred, given that the virus incubation period is up to 21 days. If any crew member has symptoms or may have been infected by Ebola, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention will be alerted and the ambulance service called in to implement national prevention plan protocols.