— Andy Cunningham (@CunninghamWDSU) September 18, 2014
— Jaclyn Kelley (@JKelleyWWL) September 18, 2014
“CDC received word early this morning about a ship that would be arriving at the New Orleans port with an ill passenger on board. US Coast Guard and EMS crews met the boat and EMS will be transporting the ill crew member to a local hospital for evaluation and care. The vessel’s itinerary did include Matadi, DRC, in addition to other ports, but there is no evidence to suggest that the crew members traveled to, or had any contact with anyone from the remote inland region of DRC where Ebola cases are occurring. Given this, the chance that the crew member could have Ebola is thought to be exceedingly low. A CDC staff member who had been in New Orleans to train partners will be joining a team from the Coast Guard and Louisiana Department of Health in meeting the ship later today when it docks. We will be evaluating two other crew members who reported mild illnesses recently and will be on hand to answer questions and provide information.”
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BELLE CHASSE, La. (WGNO) — The Marine Phoenix is in a holding pattern in the Mississippi River at Belle Chasse. The Center for Disease and Control said sick crew members aboard the oil tanker have malaria.
The Marine Phoenix arrived at Belle Chasse around 3 p.m. Wednesday. It came from western Africa, where countries there are dealing with a historic Ebola outbreak.
As of Wednesday night, one crewman was transported from the cargo ship in critical condition and taken to West Jefferson Medical Center, but Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told us several other sick crew members are still aboard the tanker.
According to a statement from the hospital, federal and state health officials managed the patient transfer this afternoon.
The Port Authority of New Orleans tells WGNO News that the Marine Phoenix will dock at Jourdan Ward Terminal in 9th ward around 10 a.m. Thursday.
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