You won’t see any commercials like this:
“You’ve just handled an infectious disease, now what are you going to do?”
“I’m gonna go on a cruise!”
A Dallas health care worker who handled clinical specimens from an Ebola-infected patient is on a cruise ship in the Caribbean, with the worker self-quarantined and being monitored for signs of infection, the State Department said in a statement.
The unidentified female worker departed on a cruise ship from Galveston, Texas, Oct. 12 and was out of the country before being notified of active monitoring required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to the government statement.
The monitoring was established as two nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Nina Pham and Amber Vinson, tested positive for Ebola.
The hospital worker on the Carnival Magic cruise ship did not have direct contact with patient Thomas Eric Duncan, but may have had contact with his clinical specimens, authorities said. The employee, who has not been publicly identified, has not had a fever or demonstrated any symptoms of illness, authorities said.
“The worker has voluntarily remained in the cabin and the State Department and cruise line are working to bring the worker back to the U.S. out of an abundance of caution,” the Department of State said in the release.
God bless Texas.
I really don’t think this person is actually contagious- I can’t imagine lab specialists are at a particularly high risk for catching Ebola, but for FFS, they do wear lots of protective equipment in labs for a reason, so why take the chance? You might have it.
And we’re dealing with a public confidence crisis and media generated hysteria. This kind of behavior is not helping. Even if the person is not contagious, it’s going to case a panic and at the very least, ruin a trip for how many other thousands of people. At the worst, well, we’ve now got a floating Ebola colony. For a couple of weeks, at least, until it burns itself out.
I doubt very seriously thatmuch will come of this in terms of actual health risks, but in our current media environment, it is going to be a disaster. Especially when you have idiots like this out there whipping up fear in an attempt to score points politically:
Sen. Rand Paul said Ebola is “not like AIDS,” offering what he says is a stark contrast from the White House’s message on the disease.
“[The Obama administration] has downplayed how transmissible it is,” Paul said in an interview with CNN on Thursday morning. “They say it’s the exchange of bodily of fluids. Which makes people think, ‘Oh, it’s like AIDS. It’s very difficult to catch.'”
“If someone has Ebola at a cocktail party they’re contagious and you can catch it from them,” Paul continued. “[The administration] should be honest about that.”
And then there is this idiot (and yes, I still maintain she is an idiot)
A nurse with Ebola may have shown symptoms of the virus as many as four days before authorities once indicated, meaning that she might have been contagious while flying on not just one, but two commercial flights, officials said Thursday.
Amber Vinson was hospitalized Tuesday, one day after she took a Frontier flight from Cleveland to Dallas. Tests later found that Vinson — who was among those who cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, at Dallas’ Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital — had Ebola.
Authorities indicated Vinson had a slightly elevated temperature of 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit, which was below the fever threshold for Ebola, but didn’t show any symptoms of the disease while on her Monday flight. This is significant because a person isn’t contagious with Ebola, which spreads through the transmission of bodily fluids, until he or she has symptoms of the disease.
But on Thursday, Dr. Chris Braden of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told reporters in Ohio that “we have started to look at the possibility that she had symptoms going back as far as Saturday. … We can’t rule out (that) she might have had the start of her illness on Friday.”
So, for the few health care workers out there handling Ebola related issues, is it too damned much to ask that you put off your cruises and wedding planning for a couple of god damned weeks? Keep this up, and the fearmongerers are going to have you all locked in cages like something out of a sci-fi movie. If we had a functioning Congress, we could even set aside ten million or so to reimburse you for nonrefundable travel.