Texas lab worker on cruise tests negative for Ebola

A Dallas hospital lab worker who spent much of a cruise holiday in isolation after possible exposure to Ebola, has 2014-10-19T160636Z_555777479_TM3EAAJ0WTU01_RTRMADP_3_HEALTH-EBOLA-USA-SHIPtested negative for the disease, Carnival Cruise Lines said today.

The Carnival Magic arrived today in the port of Galveston, Texas after a week-long trip that included being denied docking by Belize and Mexico because of the presence of the woman on board.

The woman works at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital where a Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, was treated for Ebola.

The worker, who has not been named, did not have contact with Duncan but was being monitored as she might have come in contact with his test samples.

Two nurses who treated Duncan, who died on Oct. 8, have contracted the disease.

After the ship docked, the woman and her husband disembarked and drove away in their own car, a Carnival spokeswoman said at a brief press conference in Galveston. Carnival Cruise Lines is a unit of Carnival Corp.

Before the ship reached the port, a U.S. Coast Guard flew out to meet it and took away a blood sample from the woman, said Vicky Dey, vice president for guest services at Carnival. That sample tested negative. (Reuters)

5 Responses to Texas lab worker on cruise tests negative for Ebola

  1. Aishah Reece
    Aishah Reece October 19, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    Nahla Bless

    Reply
  2. Marcia Chandler-Thompson
    Marcia Chandler-Thompson October 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Praise god!

    Reply
  3. Jason Bowen
    Jason Bowen October 19, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Some ppl got some money to pay for ruining that couples holiday

    Reply
  4. Stacey Harris
    Stacey Harris October 19, 2014 at 10:30 pm

    Hmmmmmnn…. Wnt see ya barbados government n do now….

    Reply
  5. Claire Battershield
    Claire Battershield October 20, 2014 at 10:48 am

    Whew!

    Reply

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