Malta rejects ship with suspected Ebola case

2014-09-19 21:58

Valletta - Malta has refused entry to a cargo ship with a Filippino on board who was showing symptoms of Ebola, citing fears the virus might spread on the Mediterranean island.

Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said Malta was legally and morally right to refuse to let the Hong Kong-registered vessel MV Western Copenhagen come into port on Thursday.

The ship, carrying 21 crewmen, had left from Guinea on its way to the Ukraine, and the captain had sought to dock in Malta to get medical treatment for the crewman.

"We cannot endanger our health system," Muscat said, adding that it was impossible to verify whether the information provided by the captain about the case was "understating or overstating" the patient's condition.

Maltese coast guard ships escorted the vessel out of Maltese waters.

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2014-09-19 22:14

    This remains worrying. Read an article in which it is estimate that some 5 million people could die from this the world over. :(

      Liz Rudy - 2014-09-20 12:29

      Kobus I read in another article that there are approximately 22 million people living in affected areas, so the estimate of 5 million might be low. The biggest problem is that people are suspicious of health care workers. I think Liberia (might have the country wrong) has ordered a lock down for this weekend so that health workers can go house to house looking for ebola cases. In Guinie, three doctors and three journalists were murdered by the villagers they were sent to help. I cannot help but think that this is far from over.

  • karin.devereuxrackley - 2014-09-19 22:24

    Where was it sent to, what about others aboard the ship, possible death trap for all, so tragic, scary and real....hope it's not Ebola.........

  • Motho Fela - 2014-09-19 22:24

    This Ebola is a Problem indeed, it does not go away, l heard that 5000 people are infected in West Africa, this is a lot and l think its more than this.

  • Maritza Swarts - 2014-09-19 22:27

    They are pro-active while RSA send people to Nigeria and wanna act when its real and here mxm

  • Anthoula Joshua - 2014-09-19 22:35

    God please be with him and the rest of the crew. Please let someone find it in their hearts to assist them. Amen

  • Gerhardus Windpomp - 2014-09-19 23:36

    Mother nature tried aids. It took to long. Welcome ebola

      Shane Timothy Beswick - 2014-09-20 08:21

      Welcome Ebola??? It is people that lack empathy and sympathy for other people suffering that has made this world a cruel place. Ignorant people who make statements like this have probaly never witnessed the effects of such a devasting virus. I challenge you to watch a video clip on how people die when contracting Ebola and then make that statement again, remember it's not to far from you and your loved ones. With no gender, race or status discrimination it effects everybody!!!

  • King Lobe - 2014-09-19 23:37

    Fishes will be infected if he dies n dumped in the sea beside all the crew are already infected if at all the guy has ebola. Wht a pity tht humanity is expose to such a dreaded virus with no cure.

      James Dowden - 2014-09-20 07:29

      What makes you think that fish will be infected...?? Have you actually read anything about the disease? How it transmitted where its natural habitat is…?? Please before you make comments at least know something about the subject…

      King Lobe - 2014-09-20 10:07

      @James dont u kw tht dead bodies are eaten by fishes in the sea.

  • David Broadfoot - 2014-09-20 08:04

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      David Broadfoot - 2014-09-20 11:49

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  • Megan Andrews - 2014-09-20 15:44

    I agree. EBOLA knows no race creed relugion monetary status or social circle. Those cold hearted ignorant people better hope and pray it doesnt reach SA

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