Thursday, October 16, 2014

Second Ebola nurse was given green light to fly back to Dallas by CDC

On the same day President Obama vowed an aggressive response to Ebola, it was revealed feverish nurse Amber Vinson was told by the CDC she could fly back to Dallas because her 99.5 temperature was not at threshold and there were no symptoms.

Published: Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 5:38 AM
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/GETTY IMAGESPresident Obama, seeking to calm the national Ebola paranoia, promised a more aggressive response Wednesday to U.S. Ebola cases.

President Obama vowed a more aggressive response to Ebola Wednesday as it was revealed a second nurse diagnosed with the lethal virus flew across the country — a trip allowed by government officials.

Obama spoke after officials revealed the second Ebola-infected nurse flew aboard a Cleveland-to-Dallas commercial airline flight Monday carrying 132 passengers.

Amber Vinson, 29, became the second worker to contract Ebola in the Dallas hospital where Liberian national Thomas Eric Duncan died Oct. 8 — the first U.S. fatality ever from the virus.

Federal officials blasted her for boarding the flight so soon after her exposure to the virus. The nurse flew out on Friday, only two days after Duncan’s death.

“She should not have traveled on a commercial airline,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Tom Frieden.

But the stricken nurse called the CDC and the organization gave her permission to get on the plane because she was showing no symptoms and her temperature of 99.5 didn’t reach the threshold of 100.4 degrees, reported the CBS station in Dallas.

Frieden on Wednesday said because she had been exposed to the virus and had a low fever, she shouldn’t have boarded the flight.

“So by both of those criteria, she should not have been on that plane,” he said.
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