Commercial Vessel Compliance

2/4/2016: Update to Zika virus precautions MSIB

CORRECTION: Change 4 added on February 5, 2016.

Yesterday, the Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-16, titled ‘Zika Virus Precautions.’

There were three changes made to MSIB 01-16 and a new version of the bulletin has been posted.

The changes are as follows:

Change 1: Paragraph two changed from, “42 C.F.R. 71.2” and it has been updated to reflect, “42 C.F.R. 71.21

Change 2: Paragraph three changed from, “An ill person on board may constitute a hazardous condition that should be reported” to now state, “While the presence of a person with Zika like symptoms does not necessarily constitute a hazardous condition, vessel operators should report suspected cases or other unusual circumstances whenever they are in doubt.

Change 3: Paragraph eight changed from, “Take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites including avoiding/limiting outdoor activities one hour before and after dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are most active; cover exposed skin; and use insect repellent” to now state, “Take preventive measures to avoid mosquito bites. The mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus bite mostly during the daytime. Cover exposed skin and use insect repellent.”

Change 4: Paragraph three changed from, “33 C.F.R. 160.215” and it has been updated to reflect, “33 C.F.R. 160.216”

View the updated MSIB 01-16 for full details.

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