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Cruise ship returns to port with passenger testing negative for Ebola

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 01:22

A health care worker who kept herself in isolation while onboard a cruise ship tests negative for Ebola. Nathan Frandino reports.

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The cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker being monitored for signs of Ebola is back in port. The Carnival Cruise Lines ship docked early Sunday in Galveston, Texas. One official says the ship arrived with good news. (SOUNDBITE) (English) VICKY REY, VICE PRESIDENT OF GUEST CARE, SAYING: "We're delighted that the health care worker's bloodwork came back negative and that she and her husband were released from the ship this morning with no restrictions to return home." Officials say the worker had handled a lab specimen from a Liberian man who died from Ebola at a Dallas hospital. Local media reports that a Coast Guard crew met the ship at sea to retrieve a blood sample from the woman Saturday. While on the cruise, the worker and her husband stayed in voluntary isolation. Passengers say they were pleased with how the cruise line handled the situation but had strong words for the CDC. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNNAMED PASSENGER SAYING: "They let us know that she didn't have any symptoms, so we felt comfortable that we weren't exposed...I was a little upset with the CDC that they didn't get their protocols in place fast enough, because according to authorities, she asked to be able to cruise and they said ok." Cruise officials say despite the negative test for the passenger they will still go through aggressive sanitation efforts.

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Cruise ship returns to port with passenger testing negative for Ebola

Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 01:22