Panama Canal Authority sets new measures to contain swine flu

05 May 2009 16:00  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS news)--A series of measures to help contain the outbreak of the H1N1 swine flu virus were announced on Tuesday by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP).

Starting this week, vessels would have to declare whether any previous port calls were in countries where outbreaks of the disease had been identified by the World Health Organization (WHO), the ACP said in a statement.

Passengers and crew members would also be required to report any flu-like symptoms.

Ships could be subject to health measures and no vessels would be permitted to disembark in the canal’s waters until it had been declared safe in accordance with public health regulations.

This was in addition to supplying information about any animal cargoes, diseases on board the vessel and the last ten port calls.

Some shipping brokers were concerned about the additional waiting time that might be imposed due to the health checks, although one source said that the situation was under control.

“I am unaware of the ACP’s new regulations but I know that things are improving in Mexico, so if there are any delays they should not last long,” said the source.

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By: Dan Horlock
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