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.
Or Belize’s, either.
There’s good news, and there’s bad news.
The ship is reportedly carrying 3652 passengers and a total population of 4633 persons.
“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.”
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.