A man has been quarantined aboard a Carnival Cruise ship in the Caribbean. Apparently, a Texas hospital lab supervisor who may or may not have handled some fluid samples from Thomas Eric Duncan, (a man who died from Ebola), was vacationing aboard a Carnival Cruise ship and officials decided to quarantine him. The man did not have direct contact with Duncan and he has not shown any symptoms of Ebola.
The quarantine measure is probably in response to public outrage that authorities haven’t been handling the Ebola issues properly. Two nurses who cared for Duncan now have Ebola and one of them flew aboard a commercial jet to Cleveland. Officials are now trying to take more proactive measures to make sure the deadly Ebola virus doesn’t continue to spread. I can’t think of a much worse place to spread Ebola than on airplanes and cruise ships.
Several schools in Ohio and Texas shut down and canceled classes in response to the fear of Ebola. Some people think it was a good decision to play it safe, while others are calling it a complete overreaction.
The reason for the alarm was because some staff members and students possibly came into contact with a person infected with Ebola. An email sent to parents said the schools would be closed after they learned that a middle school staff member may have traveled aboard the same airplane, though not on the same flight, as Dallas nurse Amber Joy Vinson.
Since it wasn’t even the same flight a lot of people are calling the decision to close the schools “overkill” while others are saying it’s a great pro-active decision and it’s “better safe than sorry”.
In a statement on Sunday, the Texas Department of State Health Services said that a health care worker at a Dallas hospital tested positive for Ebola. They haven’t identified the name of the health care worker yet, but it is someone who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan, who was the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. Duncan died from Ebola last week.
A statement posted on the Texas Department of State Health Service’s website said “confirmatory testing will be conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.”
What is so puzzling and so alarming about this Ebola case is that the health care worker wore protective gear when they provided care to Duncan during his second visit to the hospital. The media is in a frenzy and people are scared about the potential spread of Ebola.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said the Dallas Fire Department’s rescue hazmat team has decontaminated any open areas of the health care worker’s apartment complex.
According to the mayor, “Police are standing by to make sure no one enters that apartment complex”.