Interim guidance on maritime transport and Zika virus disease by EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action”

The interim guidance was prepared after a request from the European Commission (EC) and queries received by partners of the European Union joint action “The impact on maritime transport of health threats due to biological, chemical and radiological agents, including communicable diseases” (EU SHIPSAN ACT) in regards to maritime transport and Zika virus disease. An ad-hoc working group was established to produce this interim guidance.

The document was produced based on the currently available information published by World Health Organization and European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in regards to epidemiology and knowledge for Zika virus disease, as well as previous risk assessments and work about mosquitoes conducted by ECDC.

The interim guidance is available on the EU SHIPSAN ACT website (

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The ad-hoc working group for developing the Interim guidance on maritime transport and Zika virus disease
on behalf of the EU SHIPSAN ACT Joint Action