Authorities denied entry to a cruise ship at the port of Cozumel today because one of the passengers might have handled laboratory test samples of an ebola victim in Texas.
Carnival Cruise Lines’ Carnival Magic was refused permission to land for a scheduled stop this morning, and is now returning to Galveston, Texas.
A woman on board is reported to have been working at the Dallas hospital in which a Liberian citizen, Thomas Duncan, died of ebola October 8. United States government officials say that although she had no contact with Duncan, she may have handled fluid specimens collected from him.
The woman and her husband have voluntarily quarantined themselves in their stateroom, but show no symptoms of the disease. The cruise line said they pose no risk to anyone on the ship, which was coming from Belize where it was also denied entry.
Two other health care workers who provided care to Duncan have since tested positive for the virus.
Passengers on the Carnival Magic will receive a $200 credit on their ship accounts and a 50% discount on a future cruise.
Source: Travel Pulse (en)