There is a developing situation in Belize. A person who is confirmed to be a nurse from a Dallas Hospital and one other person are currently stranded upon the ship’s “Tender.” This nurse is currently accompanied by another American. A Tender is a smaller vessel that can be used for a variety of tasks like transporting passengers to and from the mainland, transporting supplies, or for general service and maintenance needs of the ship.
There are a total of 4633 people reportedly on the cruise ship, including crew.
The Daily Sheeple is reporting:
A couple from the cruise liner are on a ships tender, unable to return to the boat. At the same time they have been denied entry to Belize City in order to be moved by air ambulance back to the United States for treatment. One of the two people on the tender awaiting evacuation has been confirmed as a nurse who works at a Dallas Hospital.
It should be noted that it is verified that one of the two is a nurse at a Dallas Hospital but as of yet it has not been verified that the hospital in question is Texas Health Presbyterian, which is the hospital where two nurses have now been diagnosed with Ebola after treating Thomas Duncan.
According to The Belizean:
Reports tonight are that two individuals possibly infected with the Ebola virus are in Belizean waters. Local TV station Channel 7 monitored in the capital City Of Belmopan tonight, reported having credible reports that a couple from a Texas-based cruise ship presently anchored off Belize City, is on a ship tender, unable to return to the cruise ship, while being refused entry to Belize City to catch an air ambulance awaiting at the International Airport to take them to the their country of origin, the U.S.A. The television station in its broadcast tonight said Belize health authorities contacted tonight have so far refused to deny or confirm the report. The patient exhibiting Ebola symptoms has been confirmed to be a nurse at a Dallas hospital traveling with her husband.
Later tonight in breaking news, Channel 5 Belize reported that it has:
“Confirmed with representatives of the Ministry of Health that they have indeed received a report that there is at least one passenger on board the cruise ship, Carnival Magic, showing symptoms similar to that of the Ebola virus. According to the report made to MOH, the person exhibiting the symptoms did not come ashore today. The ship is reportedly carrying 3652 passengers and a total population of 4633 persons.
“The Carnival Magic departed from Galveston Texas on Sunday, October 12 arrived in Mahogany Bay, Honduras on Wednesday October 15 and arrived in Belize this morning, Thursday October 16.
The Ebola drama gets stranger every day. Does anyone else find this story particularly odd after recently finding out that one of Thomas Duncan’s nurses decided to take a flight to Cleveland?
This is a breaking story so one would hope that it is not quite what it seems to be. But it appears that over 4000 people are stranded off the coast of Belize in the middle of an Ebola scare that might have been brought on by another Dallas health care worker. It is also being reported that Belize is refusing entry to these two Americans so that they might be airlifted home for treatment.
We will surely be hearing more about this story in the coming hours and days.
Update 10/17/14 7:45PM: There has been some additional reporting of this from domestic media sources since this article was originally posted, early this morning. The New York Post is saying that the woman has no symptoms and everything is precautionary. It has been clarified that she did deal with Ebola Patient Thomas Eric Duncan. It has not been verified that she is a nurse. She is simply being called a hospital worker/employee. It has been verified that Belize rejected early efforts to bring her to shore and allow her to come home, however it has not been acknowledged that she is or ever was on a separate vessel. Here is an excerpt from the Post article:
A Texas hospital health worker who may have handled fluid samples from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan has been quarantined aboard a Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean, officials said Friday.
The Texas Health Presbyterian hospital worker, who set sail from Galveston, Texas, on Oct. 12, did not have “direct contact” with Duncan and has not had a fever or any symptoms, US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement.
“The employee … may have had contact with clinical specimens collected from him,” Psaki said. “The individual was out of the country before being notified of CDC’s updated requirements for active monitoring. At the time the hospital employee left the country, CDC was requiring only self-monitoring.”