Updated statement from Carnival Cruise Lines Oct. 19, 2014

Posted on: October 17th, 2014 - News Blog

OCT. 19, 2014

This morning, Carnival Magic docked at approximately 4.30am.  Healthcare authorities boarded the ship to conduct a final health screening of the lab worker from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. Additionally, a blood test conducted by health officials has confirmed the individual is not infected with Ebola. Following customary U.S. Customs & Border Protection clearance procedures for returning cruise passengers, the individual and her companion departed the ship to return home on their own.

Normal debarkation for the balance of the passengers commenced at approximately 7am.

No special cleaning requirements of the vessel have been requested by health authorities.  Nonetheless, to provide added assurance for our guests, we are undertaking a very comprehensive and aggressive cleaning and sanitizing initiative prior to guests boarding for the next voyage.

Guests for the next voyage are expected to begin boarding around 1pm and the ship is expected to depart on its next cruise later this afternoon.

Background on health care worker:

When the health care worker boarded the ship last Sunday, she was not in a risk category that required restriction of movement based on CDC guidelines.  However, by mid-week she had been moved into the ‘active monitoring category’ based on changes in CDC protocol. She had been self-monitoring her temperature up until the point on Wednesday that CDC asked us to have our medical professionals monitor her.  This individual was always considered very low risk and at no point in time during the course of the cruise did she exhibit any symptoms of illness.  Today is day 21 of her incubation period and she and her companion were allowed by health authorities to travel home on their own.

Information on cruise industry screening procedures:

Carnival, like other cruise lines, is requiring medical screening questionnaires of all guests prior to boarding a ship.  That questionnaire covers areas such as travel  history, any contact with individuals who have traveled from the West African areas of concern as well an additional question added this week that relates to having had any contact with someone who has been diagnosed with Ebola.  ‘Yes’ answers to any of these questions triggers a secondary screening which may result in denied boarding.