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October 20th, 2014
09:23 PM ET

Family: Nurse Amber Vinson was not "careless prior to or after her exposure"

The family of Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola, have hired a high-profile defense attorney.

They say it is "untrue and hurtful" that Vinson ignored the agency's protocols and put others at risk by taking commercial flights between Dallas and Cleveland.

They insist that Vinson did everything properly:
-Consulting Texas health officials and the CDC repeatedly throughout her trip
-Clearing her flight to Cleveland with hospital and CDC officials.
-Asking if she should fly back to Dallas

Vinson also spoke with Texas health officials and asked if she should fly back to Dallas immediately after learning her colleague had Ebola. She was told that was unnecessary.

Still, the next day she decided to fly back, calling health officials three separate times to report her temperature, and was cleared to fly each time.

CNN's Tom Foreman is OutFront.


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