A second Texas nurse who tested positive for Ebola had traveled by Frontier Airlines just a day before she reported her fever and symptoms.
Reuters reports that the worker at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas had taken a Frontier Airlines flight from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on Monday, the officials said. The woman, identified to Reuters by her grandmother as Amber Vinson, 29, was isolated immediately after reporting a fever on Tuesday, Texas Department of State Health Services officials said. She had treated Liberian patient Thomas Eric Duncan, who died of Ebola and was the first patient diagnosed with the virus in the United States.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the specific flight was Flight 1143. The patient didn't exhibit symptoms during the flight, the CDC said, which could mean she wasn't contagious at the time. However, the agency and Frontier Airlines are now seeking 132 passengers from that flight.
The circumstances under which Vinson traveled were not immediately known. But the latest revelation raised fresh questions about the handling of Duncan's case and its aftermath by both the hospital and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The CDC is asking passengers who may have traveled on either flight to contact the agency at 1-800-CDC-INFO.
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