Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2nd Healthcare Worker Flew Commercially After Exposure, Airplane Made 5 More Flights

Ebola has now been spread across the entire country folks.
This is a National Disaster in the making.

One of two nurses at a Dallas hospital who tested positive for Ebola should not have flown on a commercial airline and is being sent to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for treatment, officials said Wednesday.

The nurse, who had treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan, flew Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland arriving Monday night in Dallas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The woman reported symptoms of Ebola on Tuesday morning and was placed in isolation.

“She should not have traveled on a commercial airline,”
CDC Director Tom Frieden told reporters during a news briefing. The nurse was among a group of about 76 healthcare workers being monitored for symptoms of Ebola.

Frieden said the agency would work to make sure no other healthcare workers involved in Duncan’s treatment would be traveling.
The nurse was identified as Amber Vinson, working at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Ebola patient Duncan was treated and died.

The Frontier Airlines jet that carried a Dallas healthcare worker diagnosed with Ebola made five additional flights after her trip before it was taken out of service, according to a flight-monitoring website.

Denver-based Frontier said in a statement that it grounded the plane immediately after the carrier was notified late Tuesday night by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about the Ebola patient.

Flight 1143, on which the woman flew from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth, was the last trip of the day Monday for the Airbus A320. But Tuesday morning the plane was flown back to Cleveland and then to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., back to Cleveland and then to Atlanta and finally back to Cleveland again, according to Daniel Baker, chief executive of the flight-monitoring site

He said his data did not include any passenger manifests, so he could not tell how many total passengers flew on the plane Tuesday.

He said his data did not include any passenger manifests, so he could not tell how many total passengers flew on the plane Tuesday.

The airline said it is working with the CDC to contact all 132 passengers on the Monday flight that carried the Ebola patient.


  1. It should be possible to still nip this in the bud in the US, but the CDC will have to get its organic manure together as it's already hit the spinning cooling device.

  2. Ever notice the smell of jet fuel in aircraft? Since the airlines banned smoking on board the aircraft recirculate the air after heating it in the engines. When smoking was allowed the heated air was dumped out the back, probably to save money. Now it just goes around and around. Coughs and sneezes from the back of the airplane get shuffled to the front.

  3. she called the cdc them she had a low grade fever and was told by the cdc that she was fine to fly



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