Cruise passenger with Ebola

Cruise Passenger with Ebola Symptoms Denied Entry to Belize[B]A Dallas hospital nurse who was reportedly in contact with specimen collected from a deceased Ebola patient, travelling on board Carnival Magic, has been denied entry to Belize. The nurse and her husband have been prevented from entering Belize City to be airlifted to the U.S.A., and are currently on a ship tender unable to return to the cruise ship, according to the Belizean media reports.[/B]
The Government of Belize has issued a press release on the matter, saying that the U.S. Government has confirmed one of the cruise passengers is presenting a low risk of Ebola. The release said that the passenger voluntarily entered the ship’s quarantine, and remains free of fever or other symptoms of illness.
The Belize government assured their citizens that the passenger never set foot in Belize, but failed to address the situation with other 4,631 passengers and crew reported on the ship.
The Belize Coast Guard is currently preventing anyone from leaving the ship, including the Belizean pilot on board.

And then the panic started.

==========

4631 souls aboard a ship with no where to go …

Oh yeah. I’d hate to be that hospital in Dallas right about now.

Where’s Ken Feinberg to pass out the settlement checks ?

Sign 'em up boys. Sign 'em up.

[QUOTE=Polaris;146367]Cruise Passenger with Ebola Symptoms Denied Entry to Belize[B]A Dallas hospital nurse who was reportedly in contact with specimen collected from a deceased Ebola patient, travelling on board Carnival Magic, has been denied entry to Belize. The nurse and her husband have been prevented from entering Belize City to be airlifted to the U.S.A., and are currently on a ship tender unable to return to the cruise ship, according to the Belizean media reports.[/B]
The Government of Belize has issued a press release on the matter, saying that the U.S. Government has confirmed one of the cruise passengers is presenting a low risk of Ebola. The release said that the passenger voluntarily entered the ship’s quarantine, and remains free of fever or other symptoms of illness.
The Belize government assured their citizens that the passenger never set foot in Belize, but failed to address the situation with other 4,631 passengers and crew reported on the ship.
The Belize Coast Guard is currently preventing anyone from leaving the ship, including the Belizean pilot on board.[/QUOTE]

I understand the hysteria here and perhaps concern but the lead in says “Cruise Passenger with Ebola Symptoms Denied Entry to Belize” but when you read the article it says only she was in contact with specimen(s) from the Ebola patient. I don’t read anything confirming she (or her husband) actually have symptoms. All reports I have read so far say they don’t.

[QUOTE=Chief Seadog;146428]I understand the hysteria here and perhaps concern but the lead in says “Cruise Passenger with Ebola Symptoms Denied Entry to Belize” but when you read the article it says only she was in contact with specimen(s) from the Ebola patient. I don’t read anything confirming she (or her husband) actually have symptoms. All reports I have read so far say they don’t.[/QUOTE]

Hysteria is right, the name of this thread takes it one step further “Cruise Passenger with Ebola”

Belize media reported she was symptomatic, which is why they wouldn’t even let the individual ashore for a medical evacuation and Mexico refused the vessel from its waters. As I stated in a previous post, most South American countries require a 3 week quarantine before embarking a pilot and USEC ports are now mulling the same. I’m not overly concerned at this point as they have it contained in Africa, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be cautious.

The Norwalk Virus spreads like wild fire on a cruise ship. Would something like Ebola, with a 2 to 3 week incubation period, do the same? With a 65 to 70 % mortality rate, the time to find out is not after everyone flies home. It sucks but it is what it is. Could be quarantined worse places than a Carnival cruise ship.

A very cautious approach to Ebola is indicated. No one should be permitted to come to the US from the Ebola affected region of Africa until they have spent 30 days somewhere else, and passed a comprehensive Ebola test. Americans should be banned from traveling to the affected area of Africa. That Texas hospital was not staffed and equipped to deal with Ebola, and did not take Ebola screening and precautions seriously. Everyone at that Texas hospital (and their families) should be under house arrest for 30 days or until cleared for Ebola. This would send a good message to other hospitals that they must take no chances with Ebola. No one should be allowed off that cruise ship until cleared for Ebola. We may need to establish Ebola quarantine camps for Americans at Gitmo and Diego Garcia. Americans with Ebola should not be allowed to return to the US until they have been certified Ebola free for 60 days. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

So far, the US government and the US medical establishment has really screwed up on Ebola prevention and containment. The far left administration is unwilling to take the simplest and most effective precautions such as immediately restricting travel from Africa. I fear that the spread of Ebola in the US will probably get a lot worse before it gets better. I sure hope that I am wrong about that.

That’s how they contained it in Africa.

[QUOTE=lm1883;146441]Belize media reported she was symptomatic, which is why they wouldn’t even let the individual ashore for a medical evacuation and Mexico refused the vessel from its waters. As I stated in a previous post, most South American countries require a 3 week quarantine before embarking a pilot and USEC ports are now mulling the same. I’m not overly concerned at this point as they have it contained in Africa, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be cautious.

The Norwalk Virus spreads like wild fire on a cruise ship. Would something like Ebola, with a 2 to 3 week incubation period, do the same? With a 65 to 70 % mortality rate, the time to find out is not after everyone flies home. It sucks but it is what it is. Could be quarantined worse places than a Carnival cruise ship.[/QUOTE]

You might want to double check your Belize media sources. Mexico did not allow the ship to dock which is not the same thing as “refused the vessel from its waters”. The Carnival cruise ship is returning to Texas to allow the passenger to disembark. As of yesterday all the news articles I have read report she has no (Ebola) symptoms and it has been 20 days since that person came in contact with the specimen(s).

[QUOTE=Chief Seadog;146465] As of yesterday all the news articles I have read report she has no (Ebola) symptoms and it has been 20 days since that person came in contact with the specimen(s).[/QUOTE]

Incubation period is 21 to 90 days.

According to this morning’s news reports the lab technician’s blood tests have come back negative for the Ebola virus. So much for the so called Belize media reports and the hysteria hype in general.