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October 1st, 2014
09:47 PM ET

Ebola patient flew two United Airlines flights

CNN has learned the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States Thomas Eric Duncan flew on two United Airlines flights – a flight from Brussels to Washington's Dulles airport and then a flight from Washington to Dallas.

Duncan is in isolation in a Dallas hospital. United, citing the CDC, says there is zero chance anyone contracted Ebola on those planes.

Rene Marsh has the report OutFront.


Filed under: Ebola • Health • International
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  1. Lynn Manwaring

    Six months ago (or thereabouts) I started mentally writing a script for the next Hollywood disaster movie about a deadly virus that threatened millions of American lives. Leading doctors said that they could control it. Airlines said that potential virus patients would not get on THEIR planes. Hopeful citizens said, like AIDS, the virus can't be caught through the air. And, as we have seen from so many horror films, they all were wrong, and the virus quickly got out of control. Without taking real, drastic measures (if it's not already too late) how will my script have a happy ending?

    October 16, 2014 at 12:54 am | Reply
  2. G Filizola

    Of course we should be worried, even dogs when taken to different countries have to stay under quarantine. How many more mistakes are we going to make? We don't even know if the clerk at the Presby hospital knew where Liberia was, maybe Africa? South America? Midle East? Did she/he made the connection on her/his head? Maybe not, and that's why the information was not passed along to the medical team.
    What are we waiting for? More cases? I bet this Duncan guy also lied about having no symptoms prior to his flight. His plans might have been to come to the US knowing that his chance of recovery would be better here. I really hope this is a lesson learned for all of us. I would hate to see innocent people dying.

    October 2, 2014 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  3. G Filizola

    Of course we should be worried, even dogs when taken to different countries have to stay under quarantine. How many more mistakes are we going to make? We don't even know if the clerk at the Presby hospital knew where Liberia was, maybe Africa? South America? Mile East? Did she made the connection on her/his head? Maybe not, and that's why the information was not passed along to the medical team.
    What are we waiting for? More cases? I bet this Duncan guy also lied about having no symptoms prior to his flight. His plans might have been to come to the US knowing that his chance of recovery would be better here. I really hope this is a lesson learned for all of us.

    October 2, 2014 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  4. Joe

    Just wondering if anyone on that missing Malaysian plane had ebola. Is it just me or does CNN cover one story 24-7 just until something "hotter" comes along whereupon they switch to the new story 24-7?

    October 2, 2014 at 8:06 am | Reply
  5. Marc Campbell

    ok – so if our military troops returning from Africa are required to quarantine – why not civilians/foreign nationals/travelers who come from that area? Is it possible to medically check them for infection soon after exposure? What steps are the airlines taking in response to this? Very good point on the east coast becoming the new mexican border for Ebola. We live in interesting times. Great Job!

    October 1, 2014 at 11:20 pm | Reply

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