Cruise Ships: Reporting Maritime Death or Illness (non-gastrointestinal) to DGMQ

Visit the following links to learn how cruise ships should report deaths and illnesses (non-gastrointestinal) to CDC’s Division of Global Migration and Quarantine (DGMQ). Effective on March 21, 2017, the definition of ill person under CDC regulations changed. This change, found in 42 Code of Federal Regulations part 71.1, clarifies the list of signs and symptoms that may indicate an ill person has a communicable disease of public health concern.

There is no change to the methods for reporting these illnesses or deaths to CDC.


To assist medical staff in identifying reportable illnesses 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