The curious incident of the Carnival Magic in Belize UPDATED

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The curious incident of the Carnival Magic in Belize UPDATED

Or, Travel in the Time of #Ebola.

The Curi­ous Inci­dent of the Dog in the Night-​Time is one of my favorite book titles (and the book’s a good read, too), so I bor­rowed the title for this post, as we now read news that bog­gle the mind more than the best fiction:

Texas worker who may have han­dled Ebola sam­ples quar­an­tined in Belize. The hap­less Texas Health Pres­by­ter­ian Hos­pi­tal worker went on a cruise on Sun­day. Now she and her hus­band “have vol­un­tar­ily remained iso­lated in a cabin,” said State Depart­ment spokes­woman Jen Psaki,

We are work­ing with the cruise line to safely bring them back to the United States out of an abun­dance of caution.”

Why the cruise line? Because

The Belize gov­ern­ment turned down a request by the United States to evac­u­ate the worker through the inter­na­tional air­port in Belize City.

Thus pro­vok­ing an inter­na­tional inci­dent, about which the State Depart­ment is appar­ently doing nothing.

But wait! There’s more!

The Belize coast guard is not allow­ing the ship to dock or its pas­sen­gers to dis­em­bark

Belizean news reports iden­ti­fied it as the cruise ship Car­ni­val Magic, and said it was being kept off­shore after the island nation’s gov­ern­ment learned that a U.S. hos­pi­tal worker on board may have been exposed to Ebola. The gov­ern­ment assured its cit­i­zens that nei­ther the health care nor as many as 4,000 oth­ers aboard the ship were allowed on the island.

Let’s do the num­bers here: the Car­ni­val Magic car­ries a total of 6,000 peo­ple: 4,631 pas­sen­gers and 1369 crew mem­bers [SEE UPDATE BELOW], all now stranded (and likely quar­an­tined) because a lab worker decided to “self-​monitor” while on a cruise ship, since “she is deemed by CDC to be very low risk.”

Over at the Depart­ment of Home­land Secu­rity, they’re proudly adver­tis­ing its “Ebola Outbreak-​related Immi­gra­tion Relief Mea­sures to Nation­als of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Cur­rently in the United States,” that is, they’re actu­ally expe­dit­ing visa requests.

Con­trast that with how Nige­ria stopped ebola. “Of course, you can’t expect our gov­ern­ment to be as com­pe­tent as Nigeria’s.”

Or Belize’s, either.

UPDATE:
There’s good news, and there’s bad news.
Good:

The ship is report­edly car­ry­ing 3652 pas­sen­gers and a total pop­u­la­tion of 4633 persons.

Bad:

Con­firmed with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Min­istry of Health that they have indeed received a report that there is at least one pas­sen­ger on board the cruise ship, Car­ni­val Magic, show­ing symp­toms sim­i­lar to that of the Ebola virus.”

MUST-​READ:
An Out­break of Epi­demi­o­log­i­cal Hys­te­ria.

As Tyler Dur­den said, It’s almost as if the admin­is­tra­tion is doing every­thing in its power to spread a panic.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

Or, Travel in the Time of #Ebola.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is one of my favorite book titles (and the book’s a good read, too), so I borrowed the title for this post, as we now read news that boggle the mind more than the best fiction:

Texas worker who may have handled Ebola samples quarantined in Belize. The hapless Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital worker went on a cruise on Sunday. Now she and her husband “have voluntarily remained isolated in a cabin,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki,

“We are working with the cruise line to safely bring them back to the United States out of an abundance of caution.”

Why the cruise line? Because

The Belize government turned down a request by the United States to evacuate the worker through the international airport in Belize City.

Thus provoking an international incident, about which the State Department is apparently doing nothing.

But wait! There’s more!

The Belize coast guard is not allowing the ship to dock or its passengers to disembark
. . .
Belizean news reports identified it as the cruise ship Carnival Magic, and said it was being kept offshore after the island nation’s government learned that a U.S. hospital worker on board may have been exposed to Ebola. The government assured its citizens that neither the health care nor as many as 4,000 others aboard the ship were allowed on the island.

Let’s do the numbers here: the Carnival Magic carries a total of 6,000 people: 4,631 passengers and 1369 crew members [SEE UPDATE BELOW], all now stranded (and likely quarantined) because a lab worker decided to “self-monitor” while on a cruise ship, since “she is deemed by CDC to be very low risk.”

Over at the Department of Homeland Security, they’re proudly advertising its “Ebola Outbreak-related Immigration Relief Measures to Nationals of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone Currently in the United States,” that is, they’re actually expediting visa requests.

Contrast that with how Nigeria stopped ebola. “Of course, you can’t expect our government to be as competent as Nigeria’s.”

Or Belize’s, either.

UPDATE:
There’s good news, and there’s bad news.
Good:

The ship is reportedly carrying 3652 passengers and a total population of 4633 persons.

Bad:

“Confirmed with representatives of the Ministry of Health that they have indeed received a report that there is at least one passenger on board the cruise ship, Carnival Magic, showing symptoms similar to that of the Ebola virus.”

MUST-READ:
An Outbreak of Epidemiological Hysteria.

As Tyler Durden said, It’s almost as if the administration is doing everything in its power to spread a panic.
Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S. and Latin American politics, news and culture at Fausta’s Blog.