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Zika virus training to be made freely available

KVH has announced that it has begun offering Videotel’s new safety and training video about the Zika virus free to all mariners worldwide, with the goal of increasing awareness of the prevention measures that can keep seafarers and their colleagues and families safe from the disease.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the Zika virus a public health emergency earlier this year. Given the global nature of the maritime industry, KVH says that it is imperative that seafarers take precautions to prevent further spread of the disease.

‘Zika Virus – Staying Safe’ is a 13-minute training video with input from the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) and a panel of medical and subject-matter experts.

KVH has also created a dedicated website for downloading the Zika safety video and an accompanying workbook. The company’s IP-MobileCast customers will automatically receive the video for immediate viewing onboard.

“We are hopeful that our training programme and distribution efforts will get this important information to the maritime industry swiftly and thereby help protect seafarers and prevent the spread of the disease,” said Martin Kits van Heyningen, KVH chief executive officer.

The video includes information about the nature of the Zika virus, how to avoid becoming infected, and the role of a pest management plan on vessels to avoid passive transportation of virus-infected mosquitoes on ships.

KVH is being aided in its video distribution efforts by seafarer agencies, including the International Seafarers’ Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) through its 430 seafarer centres around the world.{/mprestriction}

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