Ebola: Healthcare Worker on Ship Cleared, Vaccine Going to WHO
A cruise ship carrying a Dallas health care worker who is being monitored for signs of Ebola has returned to Galveston, Texas.
The Carnival Magic returned to port shortly after 6a EDT.
Petty Officer Andy Kendrick told The Associated Press earlier Sunday that a Coast Guard crew had flown in a helicopter Saturday to meet the meet the ship and retrieve a blood sample.
Kendrick had no further details about how the sample was taken. He says the decision to take the sample was made in coordination with the federal, state and local health authorities.
Officials have said the woman poses no risk because she has shown no symptoms and has voluntarily self-quarantined.
Kendrick says the sample was taken to a state lab in Austin for processing.
Canada Sending Experimental Vaccine
The Canadian government says it will start shipping its experimental Ebola vaccine to the World Health Organization on Monday.
The government said in a news release Saturday that the Public Health Agency of Canada is supplying the vaccine to the U.N. agency in Geneva. The WHO is the international coordinating body for battling the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
The news release says Canada will send 800 vials of its experimental vaccine in three separate shipments.
The WHO will consult with its partners to determine how best to distribute and use the vaccine.
Canada announced last month that clinical trials had started in the U.S. on the Canadian-made Ebola vaccine, with results expected in December.
The WHO says the Ebola outbreak has killed more than 4,500 people in West Africa.