Hospital Worker Tests Negative for Ebola; Caribbean Vacation Still Ruined

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AT SEA - NOVEMBER 9:  In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Carnival cruise ship C/V Splendor sits November 9, 2010 off the coast California. The aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, was diverted from its current training maneuvers to a position south near the Carnival cruise ship to facilitate the delivery of 4,500 pounds of supplies to the cruise ship which lost power and became stranded early Monday after a fire in the engine room.  (Photo by Dylan McCord/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
Photo: U.S. Navy/2010 U.S. Navy

The Ebola cruise is over — or, rather, it never even began. On Friday, the State Department revealed that a Dallas hospital lab worker who “may have had contact with clinical specimens collected” from Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan was aboard a 3,690-passenger Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean. Unsurprisingly, people freaked out, and the unnamed woman isolated herself in her cabin. On Saturday, a helicopter landed on the ship’s deck to collect her blood samples so they could be tested for Ebola.

On Sunday, Carnival announced that she had tested negative for the virus. Come Monday, the hospital lab worker will have lived 21 symptom-free days since her possible contact with the infected fluids, which means she will no longer need to monitor herself for disease. Also on Sunday, the Carnival Magic docked in Galveston, Texas, as scheduled so she and her fellow travelers could get off the boat.

It sounds like a dream vacation, in the sense that nightmares are also dreams.