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Second Dallas health worker contracts Ebola virus

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
10/15/2014 (4 years ago)
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Worker was on flight before her symptoms developed

A second Dallas health care worker has since contracted the Ebola virus - and authorities are now frantically trying to contact the more than 100 plus passengers with whom she shared a flight. Authorities says that the employee, Amber Vinson reportedly showed no symptoms while she boarded her flight, which is a hopeful sign. The Ebola virus is not contagious before symptoms set in.

Workers scrub down Amber Vinson's apartment in Dallas, Texas.

Workers scrub down Amber Vinson's apartment in Dallas, Texas.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (https://www.catholic.org)
10/15/2014 (4 years ago)

Published in Health

Keywords: Ebola, Amber Vinson, Texas Presbyterian Hospital, flight


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are now in a race to interview all 132 passengers who were on the plane with her.

"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," the CDC said in a statement.

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Ebola patient Amber Vinson lived alone and had no pets, authorities say.

Ebola patient Amber Vinson lived alone and had no pets, authorities say.


Vinson "exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on Flight 1143, according to the crew," Frontier Airlines said in a statement. Vinson earlier flew from Dallas-Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier Flight 1142 on October 10.

Customers who may have traveled on either flight should contact the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636). The CDC says they only want to speak only with passengers of the October 13 flight.

The airplane in said incident was cleaned thoroughly after it landed, "per our normal procedures which is consistent with CDC guidelines," the airline said. The plane was also removed from service.

Vinson, who lives alone, is currently in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.

United States President Barack Obama has since canceled trips to New Jersey and Connecticut to convene a meeting at the White House of Cabinet agencies coordinating the government's response to the outbreak.

The incident has certainly cast aspersions on how competent the hospital - the same one where Liberian man Thomas Duncan was sent home with a clean bill of health - is capable of handling the Ebola virus.

Duncan died while being treated by medical staff, including the two women who have now contracted the disease.

"I don't think we have a systematic institutional problem," Dr. Daniel Varga, chief clinical officer of Texas Health Resources said. Medical staff "may have done some things differently with the benefit of what we know today," he said, adding, "no one wants to get this right more than our hospital."

Seventy-five health care workers in Dallas are being monitored for any Ebola symptoms, Varga said.

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