Ambulances with sick crew members leaving Port Ship Services in Belle Chasse (FOX 8 photo)
The scene at West Jeff (FOX 8 photo)
West Jefferson Medical Center reported Thursday that two of the people sickened on board a ship from Africa are in stable condition, while a third person is in guarded condition.
The ship moved Thursday from Belle Chasse to the Port of New Orleans.
The State Department of Health and Hospitals confirmed that at least one person tested positive for malaria.
Officials said another ill crew member disembarked in the Bahamas on Tuesday, He was diagnosed with Malaria and later died.
Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease
caused by a parasite, and it is not contagious. People with malaria often have
fever, chills and flu-like illness.
The refrigerated cargo vessel - Liberian-flagged "Marine Phoenix" - docked in Belle Chasse Wednesday evening, and all on board were hospitalized. Federal and state health officials met the ship and managed the patient transfers. West Jefferson Medical Center received at least three crew members and a river pilot who had boarded the ship.
The ship's itinerary included
Matadi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in addition to other ports. Based on
a hospital's request, the CDC conducted tests on the crew member who died, and
the results showed that this crew member was negative for the type of Ebola
that is causing the current outbreak in West Africa.
The roughly 15 other people on board went to other hospitals throughout the city to be evaluated as a precaution.
The CDC released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"CDC received word early this morning about a ship that would be arriving at the New Orleans port with an ill passenger on board. US Coast Guard and EMS crews met the boat and EMS will be transporting the ill crew member to a local hospital for evaluation and care. The vessel's itinerary did include Matadi, DRC, in addition to other ports, but there is no evidence to suggest that the crew members traveled to, or had any contact with anyone from the remote inland region of DRC where Ebola cases are occurring. Given this, the chance that the crew member could have Ebola is thought to be exceedingly low. A CDC staff member who had been in New Orleans to train partners will be joining a team from the Coast Guard and Louisiana Department of Health in meeting the ship later today when it docks. We will be evaluating two other crew members who reported mild illnesses recently and will be on hand to answer questions and provide information."
Christine Pearson, Sr. Press Officer National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases CDC
The city released the following statement Wednesday evening:
"The City of New Orleans is in close contact with officials at the Center for Disease Control, the Coast Guard, the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, and the Port of New Orleans. To protect the health and safety of our residents, the City has requested that all state and federal agencies take every precaution as though this is the worst-case scenario. We will continue to closely monitor the situation."