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Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2014. 11:56 pm CST.

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Thursday, October 16, 2014. PATRICK E. JONES Reporting: Prime Minister Dean Barrow is scheduled to address the Belizean people via a press conference on Friday in the wake of a situation involving a cruise ship passenger potentially infected Ebola.

A government statement issued late Thursday night says that “the government of Belize was contacted by officers of the US government and made aware of a cruise ship passenger considered of very low risk for Ebola.”

The Belize government statement said that the cruise ship passenger had “voluntarily entered quarantine on board the ship and remains free of any fever or other symptoms of the illness.”

While rumours ran wild in social media earlier on Thursday night, the government release made clear that “out of an abundance of caution, the Government of Belize decided not to facilitate a US request for assistance in evacuating the passenger through the Philip Goldson International Airport.”

It is to be noted, that, as pointed out in the official statement, the passenger suspected of “very low risk for Ebola” did not set foot in Belize and remained in voluntary quarantine on board the cruise ship.

Belize government officials say they will remain in contact with their United States counterparts and stands firm by the position that “when even the smallest doubt remains, we will ensure the health and safety of the Belizean people.”

During Friday’s press conference, Prime Minister Dean Barrow will seek “to further address any concerns that may arise” from Thursday’s incident.

We’ll keep you posted.



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  1. Ceecee says:

    that’s really great!!! glad that the Government stepped in ASAP and stood their grounds!

  2. Lynette says:

    Belize is such a small country , n we don’t need this kinda problem in ur lil safe haven , as I am planning to go home n like all belizean I would like to feel safe home so am more than happy to know that ur government is smart enough to not let thi person go into Belize , America need to learn they should’ve stop all flight in n out a Africa long time but no they think they can handle everything , only god can take care of everything , b smart like most belizean hahaha!!!

  3. David says:

    NBC reports that Belize allowed NO ONE to leave the boat and that it turned around and is heading back to the U.S. port

  4. Buck Banks says:

    I am writing on behalf of Carnival Cruise Lines to share with you statements issued by the U.S. State Department and Carnival:

    U.S. State Department Statement on Employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital

    Press Statement
    Jen Psaki
    Department Spokesperson
    Washington, DC
    October 17, 2014

    As part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s detailed contact trace investigation conducted in response to the first Ebola case in Dallas, it was discovered that an employee of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital had departed the United States via a 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 collected 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 States out of an abundance of caution.

    October 17, 2014 – Carnival Cruise Lines Statement

    Late afternoon on Wednesday, Oct. 15., we were made aware by the U.S. CDC of a guest sailing this week on board Carnival Magic who is a lab supervisor at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. At no point in time has the individual exhibited any symptoms or signs of infection and it has been 19 days since she was in the lab with the testing samples. She is deemed by CDC to be very low risk. At this time, the guest remains in isolation on board the ship and is not deemed to be a risk to any guests or crew. It is important to reiterate that the individual has no symptoms and has been isolated in an extreme abundance of caution. We are in close contact with the CDC and at this time it has been determined that the appropriate course of action is to simply keep the guest in isolation on board.

    Additional background:

    None of Carnival Cruise Lines’ ships visit the region where Ebola cases are originating nor do our ships call in any countries with Level 3 CDC Travel Heath Notices. Any passengers or crew who have visited or traveled through Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea within 21 days of a cruise departure date will be denied boarding. Additionally, all guests sailing with us must answer a series of health screening questions during embarkation and, if deemed necessary, will be asked to submit to further medical screening prior to being allowed to board. All cruise lines continue to monitor the situation closely, along with our colleagues in the rest of the travel industry. The cruise industry is in close, frequent contact with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) for updates and guidance.

    Carnival Magic is based year-round in Galveston, TX and operates seven-day cruises to the Caribbean. The ship departed Galveston on Sunday, Oct. 12 and will return on Sunday, Oct. 19.

  5. jessica says:

    That’s very gd to say we r a 3rd world country we think smart about main decisions that can affect our whole nation

  6. benjamin says:

    wow! great job government it is very good that you guys did not allow such things in our beloved nation thank God for your stand. keep it up

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