Symptomatic person when in the harbour

While in New Zealand waters, the Master of a ship must inform the local Medical Officer of Health or a health protection officer when any person on board in any harbour at any time has symptoms which may reasonably be suspected to be caused by a notifiable infectious disease.

This applies even after the vessel has passed quarantine.

Communication between the health officer and the ship’s agent, and other government agencies and harbourmaster, may be by phone, fax or email. The use of a ship’s agent to advise the public health unit of the Master’s message is acceptable, but confirmation of such communications in writing is recommended.

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