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Saturday, October 20, 2018

Panama Canal introduces measures against the H1N1 swine flu virus

The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) is concerned with the recent outbreak of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus that has generated alarm in many countries. Currently, the ACP requires that vessels declare animal information and any diseases on board, as well as their last ten port calls. However, effective immediately, the ACP will also require that vessels declare, prior to their arrival in Canal waters, the following information in the “Visit Remarks” section of the EDCS Ship Due Form:


·          whether any of the declared port calls are located in countries identified by the World Health Organisation as having outbreaks of the H1N1 Swine Flu virus; and

·          whether passengers or crewmembers on board are experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as high fever, cough, fatigue, severe headache, vomiting, or lack of appetite, and what has been the evolution of these symptoms.


Click here for access to the complete Advisory circular (No. A-06-2009)


Source: The Panama Canal Authority (ACP), Balboa


Contact: Gunnar A. Knudsen