On the Alert have been set the Public Health Emergency Response authorities in Greece at the port of Piraeus while the Greek flagged cargo ship “Magda P” was expected this afternoon with a concerning possible Ebola case on a crew member who was reported with an onset of fever four days before, and a febrile episode, which set on the alarm for the Ebola Emergency Response in Greece.
The Bulk carrier “Magda P” was docking to Piraeus, changing course from its planned Guinea-Ukraine route when the crewmen developed a fever on Thursday 13 November.
“This case does not seem to fit the definition of a suspect Ebola Fever case,”. the Centre said by a Monday afternoon official announcement. However, Greek CDC doctors will visit the ship in order to confirm the epidemiological facts and examine the patient,”
During the morning hours the media had reported that the ship would not dock in the harbor, but would lay anchor offshore until the medical screening would be completed by the Emergency Medical team of the Greek CDC (HCDCP/KEELPNO) , especially trained for the Ebola disease.
The Ebola Emergency Response at the Ports of Greece . Special Note had been sent for ships sailing to Greece from Ebola affected countires
Since the start of November the Ministry of Health had released new, updated guidelines to enhance the level of preparedness of the ports of the for any possible suspected incident of Ebola hemorrhagic fever
“Given that the incubation period of Ebola virus is 2-21 days, the possibility of introducing in Greece an hemorrhagic fever outbreak through the ship that sail from Ebola affected areas, is considered very likely .” “Sailing from Guinea Conracy Port, for instance”, had said , ironically ,the Ministry of Health Circular, takes a travel time of 10 days. .
The Circular was released on November 3, two weeks before the Magda P incident appeared .
The updated Guidelines’ Circular had focused on the strengthening of preventive measures, Preparedness and Safety, and has been posted by the Ministry of Health Secretariat to the ports of the country, while the training of health and other personnel is ongoing .
Clear instructions are given about the terms and conditions for the management of suspicious incident on board, and the procedures of “tracking” of contacts with other passengers or crew members, as well as the procedure for temporary isolation and transfer of an Ebola suspect incident.