Quarantined on cruise ship

17 Oct, 2014

A Dallas lab worker, thought to have handled specimens from Thomas Eric Duncan, is quarantined aboard a cruise ship off the coast of Belize. The Belize coast guard refuses to allow the ship to dock or passengers to disembark. Carnival Cruise Lines:

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. She is deemed by CDC to be very low risk. At this time, the guest remains in isolation on board the ship and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew. It is important to reiterate that the individual has no symptoms and has been isolated in an extreme abundance of caution. We are in close contact with the CDC and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board.

Belize government:

The government of Belize reassures the public that the passenger never set foot in Belize and while we remain in close contact with U.S. officials we have maintained the position that when even the smallest doubt remains, we will ensure the health and safety of the Belizean people.

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