Ebola Infected Health Worker took flight from Cleveland to Dallas

Ebola is real

By The New York Times

The second health care worker who tested positive for the Ebola virus took an airline flight from Cleveland to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport the day before she reported symptoms of the disease, federal health officials said Wednesday.

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement that “because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning,” it was reaching out to passengers.

The flight on Monday was Frontier Airlines flight 1143, the disease centers said, and landed in Dallas at 8:16 p.m.

The hospital worker, who has not been identified, was part of the medical team that cared for the Thomas Eric Duncan, the Ebola patient who was admitted to a hospital in Dallas on Sept. 28 and put in isolation. The worker reported a fever on Tuesday and was immediately isolated at Presbyterian hospital.

Crew members said the woman had shown no signs of illness while on the flight, according to a statement from the airline and the disease centers.

The agency asked that all 132 passengers who took the Cleveland flight to contact the federal health authorities (1-800-232-4636).

“Individuals who are determined to be at any potential risk will be actively monitored,” it said in a statement.

Frontier said in a statement that the aircraft remained overnight at the Texas airport and “received a thorough cleaning per our normal procedures,” and that it was then cleaned last night in Cleveland.

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