Malaria is a mosquito-borne disease caused by a parasite, and it is not contagious. People with malaria often have fever, chills and flu-like illness.
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The roughly 15 other people on board went to other hospitals throughout the city to be evaluated as a precaution.
"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. Given this, the chance that the crew member could have Ebola is thought to be exceedingly low. A CDC staff member who had been in New Orleans to train partners will be joining a team from the Coast Guard and Louisiana Department of Health in meeting the ship later today when it docks. We will be evaluating two other crew members who reported mild illnesses recently and will be on hand to answer questions and provide information."
Christine Pearson, Sr. Press Officer
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
"The City of New Orleans is in close contact with officials at the Center for Disease Control, the Coast Guard, the Louisiana Department of Health & Hospitals, and the Port of New Orleans. To protect the health and safety of our residents, the City has requested that all state and federal agencies take every precaution as though this is the worst-case scenario. We will continue to closely monitor the situation."