Maritime Activity : Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch
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Maritime Activity : Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch
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    January 2011

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    Each year, thousands of ships of different types and functions make calls at numerous U.S. ports, presenting a formidable public health challenge. In a single voyage, cruise ships can carry thousands of people from different communities and environments. Crew members often come from countries with suboptimal vaccination coverage and can be a source of communicable diseases on ships. Due to the close quarters and prolonged contact on ships, communicable diseases can easily spread from person to person or through contaminated food, water, or environmental sources. Additionally, on cruise ships, individuals with chronic conditions, elderly people, or pregnant women may be more seriously affected by infectious diseases. The mission of the Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch (QBHSB) Maritime Activity is to support the maritime community in its efforts to reduce the risk of introduction and transmission of communicable disease on ships and into the United States, through development of evidence- based investigation and response tools, and to be a source of or conduit for subject-matter expertise.
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