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Hospital worker quarantined on cruise ship

17 Oct, 2014

A Texas Health Presbyterian employee who may have handled fluid samples from Duncan has been placed in quarantine on a Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean. State Department’s Jen Psaki:

The employee … may have had contact with clinical specimens collected from him. The individual was out of the country before being notified of CDC’s updated requirements for active monitoring. At the time the hospital employee left the country, CDC was requiring only self-monitoring.

A doctor on the cruise ship has declared the woman symptom-free and in good health. She handled the fluid samples 19 days ago, and has two more days until passing the 21-day threshold for Ebola incubation. The ship is being held off the coast of Belize until she can be removed and returned to the U.S.