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Coping with mass diseases in the Port of Hamburg

New ARMIHN project to come up with concept for coping with major damage events

A concept for managing outbreaks of diseases with vast numbers of patients in ports will be tackled as part of the interdisciplinary Adaptive Resilience Management in Ports (ARMIHN) project over the next two years, a press release said Wednesday (June 5, 2019). The Hamburg Port Health Center (HPHC) of the Institute for Hygiene and Environment and the Central Institute for Occupational Medicine and Maritime Medicine (ZfAM) are taking part in the project, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research.

Communication in the event of outbreaks

Around 18,000 seafaring and inland waterway vessels some of which have several thousand passengers on board dock in Hamburg every year. This involves a high risk of serious outbreaks of infectious diseases. Prof. Dr. Volker Harth, Director of the Central Institute for Occupational Medicine and Maritime Medicine, said: “We definitely need efficient communication between the emergency services to handle major emergencies efficiently.” Plans are now being laid to develop the corresponding tablet-based software as part of the ARMIHN project. 

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Melissa KnausJune 17, 2019
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