Posted on February 20, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
Panama-flagged product tanker, Puma has been put under quarantine off Manzanillo Anchorage, Mexico due to an outbreak of Influenza on the vessel.
The tanker originally arrived in Manzanillo Anchorage on the 14th, having originally sailed from San Francisco California, with a crew of 21.
Upon arrival, local authorities discovered that 11 seafarers among the crew had fallen ill with influenza.
Furthermore, two seafarers had tested positive for H3N2, a subtype of Influenza that is more severe, causing more deaths on average than other strains of the virus.
Mexican authorities proceeded to quarantine the vessel and provided treatment to the entire crew.
"After applying the sampling and giving treatment to the entire crew, we obtained confirmation from the State Public Health Laboratory of two positive cases of H3N2 influenza, " the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of Colima said in a statement.
48 hours later, the ministry confirmed that the patients no longer showed any symptoms of influenza, but decided to keep enforcing the quarantine, preventing their disembarkation until they feel certain that the seafarers pose no risk to the public at large.
Reportedly, the seafarers did not have a vaccination history against influenza.
Most of the crew are from Eastern Europe; namely, Lithuania, Russia and Ukraine.