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The London Port Health Authority is responsible for controlling infectious disease within its district. Infectious diseases such as food poisoning, SARS, HIV, Tuberculosis and Noroviruses can be spread by the crew of aircraft and ships and by passengers and other visitors. By their very nature, infectious disease spreads from person to person and can, if not dealt with expediently, infect large numbers of people very quickly and it is our job to investigate suspect and confirmed cases of infectious disease.

The principal legislation that involves ships and aircraft arriving from outside the UK are the Public Health (Ships) Regulations 1979 (as amended) and the Public Health (Aircraft) Regulations 1979. Both these sets of Regulations reflect the provisions of International Health Regulations 2005. For Thames river pleasure craft the situation is slightly different, the majority of infectious disease control work relates to suspected and confirmed cases of food poisoning resulting from the consumption of food contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella, Campylobacter, E. coli and Staphylococcus, or food contaminated by banned food additives and toxic chemicals.

Vessel arrivals

The Port of London Authority is responsible for navigation safety including vessel movements. Detailed information concerning vessel arrivals in the Port of London can be found on the Port of London Authority's Website.


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