Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/19/2014 09:55 -0400
In a tumultuous week for Ebola updates (which are only set to get worse with flu season about to unfold, and where every sneeze and fever will be interpreted by the potential host as an early symptom of the deadly disease, likely choking hospitals and ERs around the nation) Friday brought us one of the more disturbing updates when it was revealed that an Ebola-handling healthcare worker had decided to break the "self-watch" protocol and had gone on a Carnival cruise in the Caribbean.
The mood of the travelers promptly descended from merely depressed and dour to what the Independent described as "utter panic" after both Belize and Mexico refused to let the ship dock.
Hardly helping, yesterday a helicopter landed aboard a cruise ship to pick up a blood sample from a passenger who may have handled fluids from an Ebola patient, ahead of the Carnival Magic’s planned docking at Galveston, Texas, Sunday. Carnival said Texas health officials requested that a sample be taken from the passenger and tested, but that the ship is still scheduled to arrive Sunday morning. The company said of the passenger, who is in quarantine, that “she’s feeling absolutely fine.”
Fast forward to this morning, when after what one assumes was a negative blood test, the Carnival Magic ship carrying the suspect, was cleared to return to port in Galveston, TX this morning. As AP reports, "The unidentified woman who is being monitored disembarked the Carnival Magic with her husband shortly after the ship returned to Galveston, Texas, about 6 a.m. EDT, said Vicky Rey, vice president of guest care for Carnival Cruise Lines. Rey said the couple drove themselves home, but offered no further details.
Actually, it may well be that there was no definitive blood test result because according to AP, "company and federal officials have said the woman being monitored for Ebola poses no risk because she has shown no symptoms and has voluntarily self-quarantined."
So, is it the CDC new "protocol" that self-quarantine and lack of symptoms for a several days is sufficient to pronounce one clear of any disease risk? Inquiring minds want to know.