A press release from the State Department says an employee who worked at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital boarded a cruise ship earlier this week.
The statement, issued by State Department Press Secretary Jen Psaki Thursday, said an employee who worked at the hospital at the same time deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated there boarded a cruise ship Sunday, October 12, from Galveston, Texas, and is self-monitoring for Ebola symptoms.
While the employee did not care for Duncan directly, the worker may have had contact with his bodily fluids.
“…it was discovered that an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had departed the United States via commercial cruise ship on October 12 from Galveston, Texas. The employee did not have direct contact with the since deceased Ebola patient, but may have had contact with clinical specimens from him.
“The individual was out of the country before being notified of CDC’s updated requirements for active monitoring. At the time the hospital employee left the country, CDC was requiring only self-monitoring.
“The employee has been self-monitoring, including daily temperature checks, since October 6, and has not had a fever or demonstrated any symptoms of illness. It has been 19 days since the passenger may have processed the since deceased patient’s fluid samples. The cruise line has actively supported CDC’s efforts to speak with the individual, whom the cruise ship’s medical doctor has monitored and confirmed was in good health.
“Following this examination, the hospital employee and traveling partner have voluntarily remained isolated in a cabin. We are working with the cruise line to safely bring them back to the United State out of an abundance of caution.
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