What Could Go Wrong? Dallas Healthcare Worker Who Handled Ebola Samples Is Quarantined … on Cruise Ship

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 at 7:59 am


A Dallas health care worker who handled clinical specimens from an Ebola-infected patient is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, with the worker self-quarantined and being monitored for signs of infection, the State Department said in a statement.

The unidentified female worker departed on a cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, Oct. 12 and was out of the country before being notified of active monitoring required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the government statement.

The monitoring was established as two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, tested positive for Ebola.

The hospital worker on the Carnival Magic cruise ship did not have direct contact with patient Thomas Eric Duncan, but may have had contact with his clinical specimens, authorities said. The employee, who has not been publicly identified, has not had a fever or demonstrated any symptoms of illness, authorities said.

“The worker has voluntarily remained in the cabin and the State Department and cruise line are working to bring the worker back to the U.S. out of an abundance of caution,” the Department of State said in the release.

This should do wonders for the cruise industry.

Let the snark begin.

6 Responses to “What Could Go Wrong? Dallas Healthcare Worker Who Handled Ebola Samples Is Quarantined … on Cruise Ship”

  1. gridsey on 17/17/14 at 10:22 am

    This is how most of the nasty-bug post apocalyptic world novels start. Nice going, everyone.

  2. Kennyraisin on 17/17/14 at 10:53 am

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