Filipino seafarers on heightened alert

Ebola fears continue to impact shipping.

Filipino seafarers on heightened alert

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MANILA, Philippines—The Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) has placed on heightened alert all shipping firms and manning agencies as well as the nearly 400,000 Filipino seafarers deployed worldwide against the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, which has claimed nearly 4,500 lives, mostly in West Africa.

Citing an advisory issued by the Bureau of Quarantine, the Marina said all officers and crew members of international cargo ships and passenger vessels entering a Philippine port are required to submit a declaration of health saying they are Ebola-free.

The Marina said the officers and crew should “be properly screened through the use of a thermal gun and subjected to a physical examination.”

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Source: globalnation.inquirer.net

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