Today in Ebolanoia: Passenger on cruise shared by (uninfected) TX lab worker asked not to come to work
- (ht @FoodAllergyFAB)
- Omaha businessman Greg Liebentritt admits that he was “kind of freaking out” when he first saw on TV that a lab worker who had handled a specimen of Duncan’s was on his cruise ship, the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Magic. “I had my wife and four kids, and we had some friends with us. I was rather concerned.”
- After Liebentritt saw the report, he said, “I called the front desk. The person said, ‘I don’t know anything about that.’ A couple hours after that, they started to fill us in.”...
- Liebentritt said that on Saturday, a Coast Guard helicopter landed on the ship with an Ebola virus test kit. The quarantined woman’s blood was drawn and taken to Texas for testing.
- “Sunday morning at about 6: 30 a.m.,” he said, “the captain came on (a public address system) and said the blood test was negative.” The ship had docked in Galveston, Texas, about a half-hour earlier...
- Liebentritt said the cruise was his 14th and probably not his last.
- He said his daughter was supposed to start work Monday as an event planner for a company, but she was told that her services no longer were wanted because she had been on the ship. The company owner said she had asked only that the young woman delay her training for a week and bring in a copy of a letter from the CDC declaring her virus-free.