Galveston hospital to take Ebola waste from Dallas hospital

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GALVESTON, Tx. – The Ebola virus is on its way to the gulf coast, more specifically to Galveston Island.

The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston agreed to take about 1,500 pounds of Ebola waste from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas will go to UTMB for burning and disposal.

UTMB may also be on Gov. Perry’s special Ebola task force’s short list to be the state’s first Ebola treatment center.

And speaking of the governor, Perry used a news conference in Austin to renew his call for a ban on air travel from countries he described as “hardest hit” by Ebola, with the exception of aid workers fighting the virus in those countries.

“Air travel is in fact how this disease crosses border and certainly how it got to Texas. I believe it is the right policy to ban air travel from countries that have been hit hardest by the Ebola outbreak. There should be an exception for aid workers so they continue their important work fighting this disease.”

Thanks to Texas Health Presbyterian nurse Amber Vinson, air travel may have spread the Ebola virus to other states. Vinson is one of two nurses to get Ebola after treating Eric Thomas Duncan, who died.

Frontier Airlines is notifying up to 800 passengers from Vinson’s round-trip flights between Dallas and Cleveland, along with passengers on other routes before frontier took the plane out of service.

And now it seems concerns about Ebola has taken to the sea.

Another healthcare worker at the Dallas hospital is under quarantine aboard a Carnival Cruise ship coming from Belize and scheduled to dock in Galveston Sunday morning.

The unidentified employee may have handled one of Duncan’s specimen vials, although the person apparently did not have direct contact with Duncan.

In Houston, still no word about the condition or location of a man the Harris County jail sent to a local hospital.

The man answered positively to screening questions during booking. And that’s all they’re saying.

But with heightened concerned about the deadly virus, out of sight does not mean out of mind.


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