Posted October 8th, 2012, 03:34 PM
Italian to English translation (provided by Google) of the statement mentioned previously by Kathleen:
The Ministry of Health warned yesterday evening, Sunday, Oct. 7, at 19.55 the French Focal Point for the International Health Regulations of the situation on board the ship MSC ORCHESTRA
, where they were found four cases of meningococcal meningitis. And since yesterday the health authorities of the two countries are in constant contact. The cases of the disease were reported from the ship around 16 by the Office of Air and Maritime Health (USMAF) of Livorno. A doctor of 'USMAF spoke on the cruise ship, after reporting illness in two cases of mariners, who were landed and immediately hospitalized at the Hospital of Livorno. The USMAF then gave directions for the isolation and prophylaxis, as provided in these cases, persons in contact with the two seamen, and prophylaxis for all passengers embarked on the same day in Livorno and still on board the ship and for all crew members. Drugs for prophylaxis (2,800 doses) have been found promptly and administered by the ASL responsible for the area. It is of ciprofloxacin and rifampicin. The USMAF has also arranged health surveillance for 7 days for all staff and passengers, and invited the MSC to contact passengers landed in the last seven days, Catania and Naples, to undergo the same prophylaxis. Two other seamen who accused symptoms similar to the first two, were landed and stored in a day. The USMAF of Livorno has warned the episode USMAF Catania and Naples, port of which the ship had stopped a few days earlier.
Today, October 8, 4 cases of meningococcal meningitis were confirmed and two of them is surely involved serotype C. Were found in the crew that used to cooking and that, therefore, they should not have had continuous and close contact with passengers. However, we can not exclude a particular aggressiveness of the pathogen that caused the outbreak on the ship, the Ministry of Health has informed all the regions about the possibility that passengers landed in Italy by MSC ORCHESTRA
, alerted by the Company naval might address the prevention departments of ASL or your doctor for evaluation of prophylactic treatment indicated. The offices of the Ministry contacted the international health authorities, for the surveillance measures provided for in the case.