Quarantine of passenger exposed to Ebola, on a ship off Belize
A Dallas hospital healthcare worker who came in contact with Duncan's fluid specimens boarded a cruise ship in Galveston, Texas on Sunday. The worker has now been asked to remain in his/her cabin, by the doctor aboard the ship.
The physician aboard the ship has declared the passenger in good health and asymptomatic, but the passenger remains under isolation on the ship as a precautionary measure.
The worker is two days shy of the 21-day incubation of the virus. It’s been 19 days since the worker was exposed to the virus.
Jen Psaki, a spokeswoman for the state department said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had not yet updated its monitoring guidelines and only required self-monitoring.
"The hospital employee and traveling partner have voluntarily remained isolated in a cabin," Psaki said. "We are working with the cruise line to safely bring them back to the United States out of an abundance of caution."
In Belize the government turned down a request by the U.S. to evacuate the healthcare worker through the Belize City airport. The Belize government stated "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."
After the mistakes that were made with the second nurse that was infected with the Ebola virus, allowing her to fly and expose others to the disease, why was this cruise ship passenger allowed to board a ship, knowing that the worker had been exposed to the virus? What do you think about this?