Texas cruise passenger handled fluid samples from Ebola patient; stranded off Belize

Texas cruise passenger handled fluid samples from Ebola patient; stranded off Belize

A health care worker who may have handled a specimen from the Liberian man who died from Ebola in Dallas is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

Industry giant Carnival says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified it late Wednesday that a passenger on the Texas-basedCarnival Magic was a lab supervisor at the Dallas hospital where Thomas Eric Duncan died from the disease earlier this month.

Carnival says the unnamed woman has been placed in isolation on the ship and has shown no signs of illness.

“At no point in time has the individual exhibited any symptoms or signs of infection, and it has been 19 days since she was in the lab with the testing samples,” Carnival said early Friday in a statement sent to USA TODAY. “She is deemed by CDC to be very low risk.” …

The Carnival Magic is on a seven-night cruise to the Western Caribbean that began Oct. 12 in Galveston, Texas. …

“The Carnival Magic, which was waiting off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico this morning to dock there for a scheduled port visit, had not received clearance from Mexican authorities to do so by 12 noon eastern time today, and therefore the decision was made to proceed to Galveston to ensure the ship arrives there on time on Sunday morning,” the lines says in a statement sent to USA TODAY. …

Belize’s 7 News reports the Belize government refused a U.S. request Thursday to let the health care worker disembark in Belize so she could be flown home by air ambulance from a local airport.

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