A passenger on the Carnival Magic cruise ship feared to be exposed to ebola has tested negative for the disease, said Cruise Lines International Association.
According to the release, the passenger, who was asymptomatic and under self-monitoring for potential exposure to ebola, disembarked the ship at the Port of Galveston on Sunday.
CLIA President and CEO Christine Duffy said “we commend Carnival and the public health authorities for their effective and successful response in managing this situation professionally and with transparent and regular communication to everyone onboard the ship and to the public. We also congratulate all of the ship’s passengers and crew members, who responded calmly and responsibly to the directions of the ship’s officers and public health authorities.”
The CLIA and its member cruise lines have worked diligently and in conjunction with public health authorities to develop and distribute to all cruise line members strong protocols, and additional guidance, to reduce even further the already low risk of Ebola on a cruise ship, the organization said.
These prevention measures apply to passengers, crew and visitors and include:
- denial of boarding to anyone arriving from countries designated with a Level 3 Travel Health warning by CDC.
- denial of boarding to anyone who traveled to, in or through those countries within 21 days before embarkation.
- “Contact screening,” in addition to travel history screening, and denial of boarding for anyone who had physical contact with, or helped care for, a person with Ebola within 21 days before embarkation.