The second health-care worker diagnosed with Ebola flew on a Frontier Airlines flight October 13, just one day before she tested positive for the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is currently looking for passengers who flew on flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth.
The CDC is urging all 132 passengers on the flight to get in contact with the agency for interviews and monitoring to stop any potential spreading. The passengers should call the CDC as soon as possible. Its official statement:
On the morning of Oct. 14, the second healthcare worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the second healthcare worker who tested positive last night for Ebola traveled by air Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.
Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, CDC is reaching out to passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13.
CDC is asking all 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on October 13 (the flight route was Cleveland to Dallas Fort Worth and landed at 8:16 p.m. CT) to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). After 1 p.m. ET, public health professionals will begin interviewing passengers about the flight, answering their questions, and arranging follow up. Individuals who are determined to be at any potential risk will be actively monitored.
The healthcare worker exhibited no signs or symptoms of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew. Frontier is working closely with CDC to identify and notify passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 on Oct. 13. Passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 should contact CDC at 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636).
According to the CDC, the crew on flight 1143 said that Amber Jay Vinson, a 29-year-old nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian, did not exhibit any symptoms during her flight. She is currently in insolation at the hospital where she worked and presumably contracted the virus. She was one of the 76 health-care workers that cared for Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who died of Ebola in Dallas last week.
Vinson checked herself into the hospital with a fever on Tuesday and was isolated within 90 minutes of arriving. Vinson's stepfather confirmed to the Daily Mail that she is the latest victim of the virus, and reports that her fever is currently going down and she seems to be doing fine.