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Ship that left Jacksonville has Ebola scare in Baltimore

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Panamanian cargo vessel that was in port in Jacksonville on Monday put into Baltimore on Thursday and was involved in a brief Ebola scare.

The Longshoremen's Union stopped loading vehicles onto the Silver Soul, which was going to head to West Africa, because of fears that the Ebola virus was onboard.

Those concerns proved unfounded, said the Baltimore port director.

The work stoppage lasted less than an hour, and the loading resumed.

JaxPort officials issued this statement about the situation:

"The U.S. Coast Guard is the agency responsible for allowing entry of all foreign arriving vessels and interacting with crew members entering the U.S. They also have the sole authority to quarantine and/or isolate. Our security personnel associated with access points have been briefed on safety procedures and warning signs, and the Coast Guard has provided such guidance to the entire maritime community."