No stranded Ebola ship off Richards Bay

Johannesburg - Reports that a ship carrying people infected with Ebola was stranded off Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal were untrue, Transnet's National Ports Authority said on Tuesday.

"There is no such thing... there is no ship stranded at sea in Richards Bay," Transnet said.

"Transnet National Port Authority is aware of the Ebola threat and is on alert."

Jacaranda FM reported earlier on Tuesday that a ship from Liberia was stranded near Richards Bay, and was carrying individuals believed to be infected with the Ebola virus disease. Transnet said procedures for controlling the access of the disease through the country's ports was the role of the department of health which had an office at each port.

"When ships arrived outside a port it has always been a legal requirement for all ship captains to report any illness on board to port health authorities," it said.

"The responsibility lies with these officials and doctors to decide if the ship is cleared to enter the port. This is relayed to port control and then the ship is brought in by the ports authority."

Chief harbour master Rufus Lekala said should there be a concern of crew members suspected to be suffering from a communicable disease on board, port health authorities would put in place controls and measures required to contain it.

"Should a captain report that he suspects a case of a communicable disease, for example Ebola, on board, the ship would be quarantined outside the port for seven to 14 days until the suspected case has been confirmed as clear," Lekala said.

AFP reported that a total of 1 013 people have died and 1 848 people have been infected since March, according to the World Health Organisation's latest tally on 11 August.

Nearly 55% of victims have died in the outbreak, which has spread to Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

No cases have yet been reported in South Africa.

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Geoff Skelton 2014/08/12 05:45:21 PM
of course it is completely untrue, the ship is already docked and the crew are in town....
Geoff Skelton 2014/08/12 05:46:39 PM
and clearly, because regulations exist, the plague ships captain would report it all on the appropriate forms...
Maria Ferreira 2014/08/12 05:53:44 PM
They coming to S.A for treatment. The land of milk and honey.
Rhulani Mkhabele 2014/08/12 06:17:09 PM
@Red whr did da navy have go????
Kensong Ben 2014/08/12 06:24:22 PM
Ebola . Finishing off what Aids had started . Poor us !
Kweba Dudu 2014/08/12 06:28:58 PM
Ebola prevention and treatment tender 98% and loading
makhosi.dingiswayo 2014/08/12 06:30:49 PM
Even though we need to stay alert about this dangerious desease, our media must not mislead the us. we are all concerned and worried about the spread of it around the African Continent
Langa Kapueja 2014/08/12 06:39:54 PM
Chuck me Farlie...way too many ignoramuses running the show on our airwaves! That's what. Now how on earth will a ship from West Africa end up offloading it's peanut and cocoa Cargo on the east coast leaving behind all other ports especially CapeTown. It won't take Dr Pallo Jordan to figure that this 'ship' is infact a phantom since my calculated fuel cost of having it there would be highly unnecessary, and I haven't added the Etolls...Ebola my Eballz :-(
Venicia Williams 2014/08/12 06:43:33 PM
And South African Health Department does not even have a code of practice for this deadly virus...i'm flabbergasted!
IAm Summer 2014/08/12 07:33:38 PM
My suggestion is that let us all, the entire SA population, undertake a mass protest that all borders, ports and airports must be shut down and no one should be let into the country no matter where they're from in the world until this outbreak is over worldwide. We know how incapable our authorities are and we are a capable bunch and democracy give us power to that effect. so let's stop pointing fingers and do this protest to stop any possibility, true or false, that will bring this virus in our shores.