Carnival Magic passenger who handled Ebola samples deemed 'low risk'

From Travel Weekly:
Carnival Cruise Lines said it has been advised that a passenger on one of its ships is a lab supervisor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where a man died from Ebola virus earlier this month.
In a statement, Carnival said the passenger shows no symptoms of illness. It has been 19 days since she was in a lab with testing samples, Carnival said. “She is deemed by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to be very low risk,” the Carnival statement said.

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A few important things to keep in mind:

1. The passenger shows no symptoms and other passengers are not at risk

2. The passenger is being isolated out of an "abundance of caution"

3. The only impact to passengers on the Carnival Magic sailing has been the inability to port in Belize City, Belize [UPDATE: Passengers other than the nurse and her traveling companion were able to debark in Belize City as scheduled]

4. Carnival and other cruise lines are asking health questions to screen for Ebola during cruise embarkation and following up with medical screening when necessary

There's no reason to panic or be concerned about catching Ebola on a cruise ship, and passengers with an upcoming cruise should be aware that "Fear of Ebola" is not a covered reason for cancellation under most insurance policies.

For the facts about Ebola, visit the US Centers for Disease Control website at

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UPDATE 1:02 PM: Hannah Sampson of the Miami Herald is reporting that the Carnival Magic skipped today's call in Cozumel and is returning early to Galveston. "Reason for early return of Carnival Magic, spokeswoman says: Mexican authorities had not given clearance to dock by noon."

She's deemed low risk by people who aren't on the ship. Planes and ships are Petri dishes. Perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and viruses. The term " six degrees of separation" takes on new meaning in these environs. I'm not one to panic, but this situation is scary even to me.

I just read that the passenger has been tested and found to be free of Ebola. Her and her husband had volunteered to remain isolated during the cruise. The wider view that some sites are touting is heavier screening of passengers and staff of cruise ships. Now, granted , the main site that picks heavily on the cruise industry is blaming everything that can go wrong on a cruise ship on the senior executives of the cruise lines. The fear that is pushed by the site is designed to make sure that no one ever cruises again. I know that the corporations that own all the lines are mandated to make money, that is their job. But in light of the recent events from Ebola scares and Noro. screening might not be bad idea, providing of course that refunds can be obtained at the last minute due to someone having a cold or flu.

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