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The Belize coast guard is refusing to allow passengers from a cruise ship to come ashore because it’s carrying a Texas hospital worker who handled a lab specimen from the man who died of Ebola in Dallas, according to news reports from Belize. A White House official confirmed to the Associated Press early Friday morning that that the unnamed Dallas health care worker is on the ship and is “self-quarantined.” But the White House did not identify the country.
The official told the AP that the woman, who is accompanied by her husband, has shown no signs of the disease for 17 days. The AP said the State Department is working to secure the couple’s transportation home. According to the Belizean, the ship is the Carnival Magic, carrying 3,652 passengers. It departed from Galveston, Tx., on Oct. 12 and arrived in in Belize Thursday morning. Belize is a small country on the Carribbean coast just south of Yucatan and east of Guatemala.
It was uncertain this morning whether the woman had actual contact with Liberian Thomas Eric Duncan, who died at the hospital on Oct. 8 what sort of lab specimen she handled and what, if any, protective gear she was wearing.
Adding a new and troubling dimension to the search for Americans possibly exposed to the Ebola virus, the State Department said Friday that an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who may have had contact with specimens of the disease had left the United States aboard a cruise ship. The employee and a traveling partner, who were not identified by name, had agreed to remain isolated in a cabin aboard the vessel, the State Department said, and “out of an abundance of caution” efforts were underway to repatriate them. A physician aboard the cruise ship had said the employee was in good health.
“Confirmed with representatives of the Ministry of Health that they have indeed received a report that there is at least one passenger on board the cruise ship, Carnival Magic, showing symptoms similar to that of the Ebola virus. According to the report made to MOH, the person exhibiting the symptoms did not come ashore today. The ship is reportedly carrying 3652 passengers and a total population of 4633 persons.
originally posted by: IShotMyLastMuse
but really i don't get it.
she shows no symptoms, the whole 21 days thing is incredibly rare, symptoms hit in 6 days in the majority of cases.
But all that aside...is this how we are going about it now? she was fine enough to go on vacation...i dunno, it seems like a whole new level of paranoia to me.