Home Cruise Safely CDC Advises Cruise Industry on Handling Ebola

By Theresa Norton Masek of travelpulse.com

Almost six months after a hospital worker suspected of handling an Ebola patient’s lab samples was quarantined on a cruise ship, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued guidance on how crew members should deal with such cases.

The situation occurred in mid-October during an Ebola panic that grounded several flights around the world, led to screening procedures in some places, and raised talk of travel bans. The near-hysteria has for the most part died down.

Here’s what happened on the cruise ship: A hospital lab supervisor for a Texas hospital embarked the Carnival Magic for a vacation. After a Liberian man at that hospital died from Ebola and two nurses were infected, the worker fell under an “active monitoring category,” but she boarded before becoming aware of that fact.

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