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NEW ORLEANS -- The Centers for Disease Control confirms that its health experts, members of the U.S. Coast Guard, and government epidemiologists will board a ship scheduled to dock Wednesday night in New Orleans East.
A state official told 11Alive's sister station in New Orleans, WWL-TV, this afternoon that the ship alerted state and U.S. health officials that three of the crewmen are sick.
The official says that a radio transmission from the ship reported symptoms that appear to be similar to malaria, an illness spread by mosquitoes.
The CDC released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
"CDC received word early this morning about a ship that would be arriving at the New Orleans port with an ill passenger on board. US Coast Guard and EMS crews met the boat and EMS will be transporting the ill crew member to a local hospital for evaluation and care. The vessel's itinerary did include Matadi, DRC, in addition to other ports, but there is no evidence to suggest that the crew members traveled to, or had any contact with anyone from the remote inland region of DRC where Ebola cases are occurring.
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -
A foreign-flagged vessel making its way up the Mississippi River will dock in New Orleans Wednesday night, and all on board will be hospitalized, according to a source