Cruise ship anchors after Ebola scare
Cruise ship anchors after Ebola scare

Cruise ship anchors after Ebola scare (Video)

A Carnival Cruise Lines ship carrying a health care worker from Texas who had contact with the Ebola virus returned to port yesterday (Sunday) after being refused entry to Belize and Mexico.

Authorities in both countries barred Carnival Magic from docking and the ship was forced to return to its home port of Galveston, where it arrived early on Sunday morning.

Carnival said in a statement Friday that the ship was being turned around to Texas as a precaution.

“The Carnival Magic, which was waiting off the coast of Cozumel, Mexico this morning to dock there for a scheduled port visit, had not received clearance from Mexican authorities to do so by 12 noon eastern time today and the decision was made to proceed to Galveston to ensure the ship arrives there on time on Sunday morning,” the company said.

The company added that the unnamed nurse has not shown signs of developing Ebola-like symptoms herself and is not considered a threat to other passengers who are traveling on the cruise ship.

“The Texas healthcare worker on board continues to show no symptoms of illness and poses no risk to the guests or crew on board,” Carnival said. “The individual remains in voluntary isolation. Guests on the ship are being provided a $200 per person credit to their shipboard accounts and a 50 percent on a future cruise based on the missed visit to Cozumel.”


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