Carnival Magic “Ebola Cruise” Update: U.S. Coast Guard Conducts Mission To Retrieve Blood Sample

As previously outlined, after being denied entry to Belize and Mexico, the Carnival Magic is set to arrive in the home port of Galveston Texas early tomorrow morning.

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In anticipation of the arrival – the Coast Guard has finished a mission, to retrieve a blood sample for Ebola testing, from the healthcare worker who is quarantined on board. The U.S.C.G. completed the mission by flying  a helicopter to the cruise ship and used a basket extraction to retrieve the blood sample.  The sample is now being flown back to the U.S. Mainland.

The goal is to test the blood sample prior to the ship’s arrival and dissuade any fear the public might have prior to the passengers and crew de-boarding the vessel.  Here’s the statement from Carnival:

“Today we were advised by Texas health officials that they felt it was necessary for the health care worker currently on Carnival Magic to submit a blood sample for testing prior to the ship’s arrival in Galveston tomorrow [Sunday] morning,” Carnival said in a statement.

“As a result, a helicopter rendezvoused with the ship late this afternoon to facilitate the transfer of the sample,” the cruise line said. “At this time Carnival Magic is expected to arrive tomorrow [Sunday] morning as scheduled.”

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82 Responses to Carnival Magic “Ebola Cruise” Update: U.S. Coast Guard Conducts Mission To Retrieve Blood Sample

  1. Hope those passengers brought 21 extra changes of clothes.

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  2. Old Hillbilly says:

    With all the provable lies that have been told by our “betters” during this ongoing ordeal, who’s to say they won’t be lying this time?
    By the way, the lack of any information about the people cooped up in Duncan’s apartment for several days is worrisome. By now I woud bet there would be a huge fanfare about there being “nothing to worry about” if there were indeed no symptoms!

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I heard a blurb (don’t remember which of the alphabets) that their quarantine was almost up, they are fine, and THEY WILL BE MOVING AWAY. So everything is great. Except for the moving away part. Why are they moving away? I could understand it, but this makes me suspicious.

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      • justfactsplz says:

        I heard today on CNN that they are showing no symptoms and their quarantine is up Monday at midnight. Their lease was up and authorities are helping them find a new place to live. Sounds fishy to me.

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      • yankeeintx says:

        They only symptom they have is vertigo, but that is from all the spinning they are doing. I read a local article that Mr. Duncan was a compassionate humanitarian. He never would have come to the US if he thought he had been exposed to Ebola. He thought the pregnant woman he helped was having problems associated with the pregnancy. They have not even been able to grieve. They are being shunned by the local Liberian community and their church (aren’t they supposed to be quarantined?). They have obviously been in the US long enough to learn how to plan the victim game. I’m sure they are going to try and get the county to pay for all the household goods that had to be destroyed. Yes, they were scheduled to move anyway on Sept. 30th, so why don’t they just go to wherever they were planning on going?

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  3. BertDilbert says:

    “The goal is to test the blood sample prior to the ship’s arrival and dissuade any fear the public might have prior to the passengers and crew de-boarding the vessel.”

    So regardless of the result it will be reported negative lol.

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    • LetJusticePrevail" says:

      One would think that their primary reason to collect a blood sample should be to protect the health and welfare of the general public by thwarting a possible vector for the spreading of this horrendous disease, and their secondary purpose should be to provide for proper medical attention for the other people on that ship by determining at the earliest possible moment if their is any possibility they have been exposed.

      But those things appear to be secondary to preventing some sort of panic. That, in itself, makes me very critical of the CDC’s response to the entire Ebola threat. Why is it more important to “Tamp This Down” than it is to control the spread of the outbreak, itself?

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      • Because we have have a little less than three weeks until the elections? I have a feeling it is all going to break loose after that… they may just be buying time to avoid being asked “Where IS the plan to deal with this?”

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    • Anubis says:

      Lame stream news is reporting it came back negative.

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  4. csno says:

    Wonder if the ship’s doctor has voluntarily quarantined himself?

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  5. BertDilbert says:

    Katrina was a natural disaster that Bush has to respond to. Ebola is a natural disaster that was brought to our shores by Obama. Maybe this is just another case of manufactured crisis to create a situation in which to exploit.

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    • bogeytct says:

      Having lived throug Katrina, Bush somewhat failed the initial recovery side of the equation. He was spot on in terms of rescue. We had CG and Navy rescue ops saving lives. FEMA just failed to arrive in a timely fashion and establish relief for some. But ultimately that recovery blunder made some lives difficult but I doubt cost any lives.

      And that’s even when the blunder was due in large part by local screw-ups failing to coordinate with FEMA.

      It’s far more accurate to have Obama photoshopped into the Nina Pham video enjoying himself in gold clothes than to have Bush shopped into pics of the Katrina destruction while playing guitar.

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  6. So does handling that sample mean that the Coast Guard was exposed to Ebola?

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  7. Ronan says:

    Couldn’t they have flown the passenger off at the same time ?
    Occam’s Razor- They were still uncertain about
    whether this lab worker might be infected.
    Every tv doctor and Obama mouthpiece who dismisses rationale Ebola concerns should volunteer to care for every known and future case .
    Let them put their money where their big mouths are.
    They all say the chances of contracting Ebola are virtually nonexistent and yet, they’re miles away from every potential case in their tv bunkers.
    Did Drs Friedan, Fauci, Gupta et.al go to the ship , gown and glove up
    and draw this woman’s blood ?
    If it’s so benign and hard to contract ,why aren’t they , along with Shep Smith
    personally caring for all the known Ebola patients presently in the US ?

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    • Dixie Darling says:

      They could have hoisted her/him up in a basket and flown over Galveston and then on to Dallas. Might have been a little uncomfortable but no more uncomfortable than they made those 4,000+ passengers on board that cruise ship, all the good people of Belize and Cozumel plus those at Mahogany Bay once they found out she/he had been ashore there./sarc

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      • BertDilbert says:

        For the same money they could have put her in the basket. In the early 80’s I strapped a bent diver in a basket off a 30′ boat and the Coast Guard flew the diver to a chamber for treatment.

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  8. justfactsplz says:

    I keep thinking about the Belize “pilot” that wasn’t allowed to get back off of the ship in Belize. I wonder when he will be allowed to go back home.

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  9. Anubis says:

    Notice like with the other non Asian minority , how long its taking to show a picture

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  10. myopiafree says:

    Obama thinks we are “racist” that we want to protect our people with a quarantine of West Africa people – because they are BLACK.

    http://start.toshiba.com/tv/3/player/vendor/Newsy/player/fiveminute/asset/newsy-how_ebola_started_a_debate_over_race-5min

    How STUPID can Obama be. We want to protect our lives — from people who have Ebola on a plane – or on a boat. Protecting us by quarantine – is not racist. It is just common sense.

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  11. legionofone says:

    No mention of a “basket extraction” in the media reports yet. Hmm…..

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  12. labrat says:

    Again with the disconnect. WTH is wrong with these people? If the lab tech on the cruise has no symptoms, why did they send a plane to Belize to pick him/her (I’ve heard both) up? If the lab tech has no symptoms, why is he/she in quarantine? If the lab tech has no symptoms, why are they doing a blood test? They claim the test is only reliable 3-5 days after symptoms develop. You can’t screen for it beforehand.
    There are just 2 possibilities. They are lying about the tech being asymptomatic or they are flaming idiots making political decisions instead of analytical ones. This whole saga is driving me nuts!

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  13. Old fogey says:

    One item of misinformation that should have been clarified by the authorities by now is that the true incubation time established by the WHO for the virus is, in 98 percent of the cases, 42 days, not 21. (With no explanation as to how many days the other 2 percent takes to express itself.)

    No one seems to be focusing on that point, but we should not overlook it in considering whether the virus is at present quietly multiplying in any of the people who had contact with Duncan while he was living in the U.S.at his home, in the hospital, or anywhere else he visited while in Texas. Let’s all hope and pray that the 21-day period that the folks in Dallas are swearing by does indeed reveal all new cases of the disease in Texas.

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  14. Scott Angell says:

    The problem isn’t the cruise ship or the two nurses or the people being monitored now. The great risk is what is coming if a travel ban is not put into place and Ebolacans are not intercepted before they arrive in the US.

    As Rep. King noted, people disembarking at JFK wander through the airport with other passengers for a great distance, free to use the public toilets etc before they ever meet Customs.
    What does Customs do with them if they are exhibiting symptoms. No one will take them back. They are here and our responsibility. We can only deport them if they live and are certified ebola free and only if we can find a country willing to accept them.

    The one thing we can be sure of is, as the number of infections increase, the number of people from the plague zone seeking to leave their homelands will too. As other, more sensible nations, shut their doors to them they will flee to the nations that still allow them to enter. This requires no expertise or degree in public health. It is what people do. It is why people jumped from the World Trade Center.

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  15. Paul H. Lemmen says:

    Reblogged this on A Conservative Christian Man.

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  16. Old fogey says:

    Another thought. Did you ever think you would see the day when the government of Belize would refuse a request from the United States of America to allow an American citizen to be removed from a cruise ship in its waters for a health related issue? And did you ever imagine the possibility of the government of the United States of America being turned down in similar fashion by the government of Mexico? Think about “how the mighty have fallen” and how the world has turned upside down!

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    • Shibbity Boo says:

      Hollywood’s Columbia mercenaries have been waging economic war against many “cruise ship port o’ call” countries for years now. Like other areas of the globe, it’s difficult to get a helpful answer to “Can you do us a (political) favor?” after years of “Haven’t your children had the common decency to die yet?”

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    • myopiafree says:

      Belize is smart. Ebola that gets into the USA — STAYS IN THE USA.

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  17. carterzest says:

    sample positive, sample negative….we still will never know the truth, only what the oBola administration wants us to know. October surprise is really coming together. This is sure to be the biggest and best October surprise EVER!

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  18. czarowniczy says:

    Seems if we want to lower the risk of communicable diseases we might want to consider having fewer cruise ships sailing from the US. Amazing what you can contract on them – makes me wonder where they’re getting their mystery meat and what’s in the stew.

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    • Getting to be a greater than 0 risk, norovirus. “Whatever floats your boat” may become a less than flippant phrase.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Bet at some point the cruisers will start longing for the days when the worst thing you could catch is a bad case of diarrhea. Wonder what the cruise lines will do – offer you a ‘50% off’ ticket on another cruise if you survive? Will they charge you if you have to stay on the ship for 21 days of quarantine?

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    • Ronan says:

      It’s my understanding that cruise ships who debark from US ports are required to purchase all the food to be consumed , in the US , before departing.
      Carnival Cruise has announced that the cabin occupied by the lab worker will not be occupied on the cruise departing this evening.
      Carnival announced that even though neither the CDC or anyone else has ordered the ship to undergo any special cleaning procedures , they ” are undertaking an aggressive cleaning and sanitizing initiative, anyway ” of the ship. ” Purely to allay any concerns our guests may have “.
      Frontier Airlines took the plane carrying Nurse Vinson out of service, cleaned the plane 4 times ( even though the CDC said it wasn’t required , only the areas that were ” obviously visibly soiled ” should be cleaned ) and announced they will replace the carpets and seat covers in the immediate vicinity of her seat.
      Cruise lines will now ask more detailed questions on their standardized health questionnaire . Which will include questions about nationality, previous travel and contact with Ebola patients. Royal Caribbean , Princess and Carnival announced through CLIA, the regulatory cruise organization ,
      that anyone , passenger or crew , who has visited an Ebola affected area within 21 days or has had contact with an Ebola patient , would be denied boarding.
      The cruise lines are taking Ebola more seriously than Obama or the CDC.

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      • auscitizenmom says:

        Great, but people will still lie. A passport needs to be required.

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      • Irish Eyes says:

        Hard to envision getting on the cruise departing this evening!

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      • czarowniczy says:

        We have a major cruise line center out of New Orleans and I’ll agree that, after the last few ‘Typhoid Mary’ cruises of note, they are more ‘detail’ attentive than before. The tort lawyers setting up kiosks at the debarkation docks may have helped them clean up their ‘acts’ too. I just have the heebee-jeebes getting on any tin can with hundreds of potential vectors milling around the 24-hour disease buffet.

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      • ytz4mee says:

        Carnival Cruise has announced that the cabin occupied by the lab worker will not be occupied on the cruise departing this evening.

        Oh, well then. Clearly everything is “fine”. It’s not like the suspect ever left the cabin.

        Carry on!

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  19. partyzantski says:

    It may be appropriate to edit the following popular theme song:
    This song has been edited for parody purposes.
    http://www.lyricsondemand.com/tvthemes/theloveboatlyrics.html

    Ebola, terrifying and new
    Come Aboard. We’re expecting you.
    And Ebola, life’s most virulent curse.
    Let it be airborne, it floats back to you.

    Ebola Boat soon will be making another run
    The Ebola Boat promises some Ebola for everyone
    Set a course for misery and woe,
    Your mind on desperately trying to not get infected.

    And Ebola won’t hurt anymore after it quickly snuffs out civilization
    It’s an open, festering full-body sore no longer on a distant shore.
    Yes EeeeeeBOHLahhhhhhh!

    Welcome Aboard. It’s EeeeeeBOHLahhhhhhh!

    source: http://www.lyricsondemand.com/

    Got Gallows Humor?

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  20. jc says:

    Most of the exposed are reaching the end of their 21 day observation periods, I’m surprised the family of Patient Zero looks like they are in the clear. The 2 nurses must have been splattered with a lot of stuff.

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  21. Cyber says:

    Just heard on the radio that she got off the cruise ship in Galveston and drove herself home, with no restrictions.

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  22. ytz4mee says:

    Canada to ship 800 vials of experimental vaccine to WHO.
    Vaccine already in clinical trials at Walter Reed….
    That was awfully convenient, wasn’t it?

    The vaccine is undergoing clinical trials at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the United States, it said.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/despite-assurances-on-ebola-obama-reportedly-angry-with-government-response/article21155882

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  23. ytz4mee says:

    Pham’s status downgraded from “good” to “fair”. She is being cared for at NIH in Washington, DC.

    Meanwhile, the condition of Pham has been downgraded from “good” to “fair,” according to reports. “Fair condition” is worse than “good condition,” according to the American Hospital Association scale.

    http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1027381-nina-pham-boyfriend-isolated-as-her-condition-downgraded-reports-say/

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  24. Scott Angell says:

    A citizen of Galveston might want to see if they can’t find a judge to issue an injunction against allowing this ship to dock and disembark passengers until a ‘verified’ sample of the quarantined passengers blood is obtained. Carnival Cruise Lines has a powerful economic incentive to have this ship declared disease free so it can return to service and continue its scheduled cruises. The blood sample provided to the USCG could have been from anybody, perhaps the ships Captain.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      Too late. I heard on FOXNews that the ship docked, said possible carrier got off and drove home, along with everyone else.

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      • doodahdaze says:

        If there are 4 new ones by Turkey Day look out below.

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      • Irish Eyes says:

        As far as I’ve read, no one actually saw her, there are no pics, she still has not been identified. How do we know she got off under her own power, that it wasn’t a ringer? Of course I hope it’s true and she’s fine, but I just don’t trust the government and media.

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        • auscitizenmom says:

          I’m with you. Especially about this ebola news. But, I do think our Faux-Pres Obozo is going to have trouble keeping 4,000 people quiet.

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          • Irish Eyes says:

            But they didn’t see her either. The articles I’ve read said other passengers were wondering who it was and exactly where her room was, and if she had happened to be next to them at the buffet. It all seems weird.

            So they spirit someone off the boat before anyone else disembarks, whisk her into a car & drive off to her car, then she drives home with her husband. Then hope that none of the other passengers gets sick. I know, I watch too much tv.

            The hospital must know who it is and probably she’ll show up for work Monday morning. Unless she decides to take a longer vacation since she spent this one in limbo.

            http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/19/ebola-cruise-ship-returns-texas-woman-quarantine

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  25. sundance says:

    Interesting. If you are from West Africa you can’t get on a Cruise, and you can’t go to Belize, and you’re not allowed into Mexico.

    http://www.abc27.com/story/26824711/clia-commends-carnival-public-health-officials-on-smooth-return-to-port-of-carnival-magic

    But if you want to come to America….. COME ON DOWN !!

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  26. Tkim says:

    After reading The American Thinker article on a Ebola this afternoon I am very, very afraid.

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