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CLIA lines add Ebola 'contact screening' to other measures

CLIA lines add Ebola 'contact screening' to other measures
Oct. 20 update: CLIA posted a news release on its website about Ebola screening, dated Oct. 19. Cruise Lines International Association on Friday told Seatrade Insider it now recommends additional 'contact screening,' on top of travel history screening, and denial of boarding for anyone who had physical contact with, or helped care for, a person with Ebola within 21 days before embarking a cruise.

CLIA said it and member cruise lines have been actively monitoring the Ebola situation, remain in constant contact with public health authorities and are engaged in active and enhanced health screening of embarking passengers.

Working with cruise line health and medical professionals, CLIA provided its member lines with a sample protocol that includes denial of boarding for passengers and crew arriving from countries designated with a Level 3 Travel Health warning by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Level 3 countries are currently Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

Additional measures include denial of boarding to passengers and crew who traveled to, in or through those countries within a minimum of 21 days before embarkation.

There is no obvious mention of Ebola on the publicly accessible areas of CLIA's website, In the site's travel agent section, retailers have to sign in to read a statement.

As earlier reported, CLIA is a member of the ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force, which includes the International Maritime Organization, the International Chamber of Shipping and other other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations. IMO and. ICS are posting Ebola updates.