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Marine Safety Information Bulletin: Ebola virus precautions

The Office of Emergency Management and Disaster Response published Marine Safety Information Bulletin 009-19, “Ebola Virus Precautions,” to alert industry to recent reports of Ebola virus in Tanzania.

Ebola is a viral hemorrhagic fever disease. On September 10, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization were made aware of unofficial reports regarding the unexplained death of a person two days earlier from probable Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Dar es Salaam, United Republic of Tanzania. More information about the virus is available at Information about the situation in Tanzania is available here.

Vessel owners/operators should be alert to the possibility that persons whose travel originated in Tanzania could potentially have been exposed to EVD. Some key points to remember concerning Ebola:

Vessel owners/operators and local stakeholders should be aware of the following:

Questions regarding this should be forwarded to the Coast Guard Office of Emergency Management & Disaster Response, Incident Management and Disaster Response Division (CG-OEM-2) at 202-372-2073 or by email at

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