NY Times – Health Worker Who May Have Had Contact With Ebola Is on Cruise Ship

According to a New York Times report today (Oct.  17)… a health worker who may have had contact with Ebola is on cruise ship.

Snippet below – read the full article at the New York Times here.

Adding a new and troubling dimension to the search for Americans possibly exposed to the Ebola virus, the State Department said Friday that an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital who might have had contact with specimens of the disease had left the United States aboard a cruise ship.

The employee and a traveling partner, who were not identified by name, agreed to remain isolated in a cabin aboard the vessel, the State Department said, and “out of an abundance of caution” efforts were underway to repatriate them. A physician aboard the cruise ship told the authorities that the employee was in good health.

News reports quoting an official statement from the government of Belize said the ship was in that country’s waters, but the authorities there refused to allow American officials to evacuate the passengers through their territory.

While United States officials “had emphasized the very low risk category in this case,” the statement said, “the government of Belize decided not to facilitate a U.S. request for assistance in evacuating the passenger through” an airport.