Cargo Ships: Reporting Maritime Death or Illness to DGMQ

Visit the following links to learn how cargo ships should report deaths and illnesses to CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ).


To assist medical staff in identifying ill persons, as defined in CDC regulations, and filling out reporting forms, CDC provides the following links to helpful tools.

Federal Regulations

Federal Regulations for Reporting Death and Illness on Ships Destined for the United States

Based on Federal Regulations (42 CFR, Part 71.21), CDC/DGMQ requires reporting from international conveyances destined for the U.S. of all onboard deaths and certain illnesses suggestive of a communicable disease of public health concern.

CDC Quarantine Stations and jurisdictions