Second Nurse Confirmed With Ebola, Flew on Plane With Virus, Exposed Hundreds Of People.
A second nurse, Amber Vinson, 29, that cared for the infected Ebola patient in a Texas hospital has been diagnosed with the Ebola Virus.
She had been on a round trip flight from Dallas to Cleveland, Ohio just 1 day before she developed symptoms. She boarded the Frontier Airlines flight with a 99.5 Fahrenheit temperature.
It is not clear how the nurse contracted the virus, but several workers are complaining that the safety measures at the hospital were lacking. They accuse the hospital of providing the staff flimsy gowns that left parts of the body exposed while made to take care of the Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.
Authorities are declining to say what type of care she provided to Duncan when he traveled to the US with Ebola. Duncan died on October 8 from the virus.
The CDC said it is alerting the 132 passengers of the flight “because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and the first report of illness the following morning.”
Officials are asking them to call the health agency so they can be monitored.
The worker was monitoring herself for symptoms, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said. The woman reported a fever Tuesday and was in isolation within 90 minutes.
Officials say at least 76 people at the hospital might have been exposed to the Ebola virus and are being monitored for symptoms.