October 15th, 2014
08:35 PM ET

Official: Dallas nurse with Ebola called CDC before boarding flight

A federal official tells CNN that the second nurse diagnosed with Ebola in America called the CDC on Oct. 13 to report a temperature of 99.5 and informed the agency that she was getting on a plane.

The official tells CNN that Amber Vinson was not told she could not get on a plane.

According to the CDC’s Interim Guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Ebola Virus Disease she did not meet current criteria for not traveling commercially. Earlier today, CDC chief Dr. Tom Frieden said that she should not have boarded a commercial jet.

Dr. Sanjay Gupta has the latest.

Filed under: Ebola • Health • News
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. John Doe

    Whoever told her that she can use public travel, should be charged with attempted manslaughter.

    October 19, 2014 at 10:25 am | Reply
  2. CJ Turner

    I beg to differ, Collin…. I bet she may have called CDC, but lied about her symptoms to them… Her actions by boarding a plane only shows self-interested behavior and this is inexcusable behavior of a person who is a NURSE! She only showed lack of basic common sense and her actions in nothing more then IGNORANCE!

    October 18, 2014 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  3. nikosan

    This Liberal agrees with you Collin.

    October 16, 2014 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  4. Cantard

    I think we should all take a moment to have a reality check. The nurse was said to be running a fever. On the plane did she: a) vomit on anyone, b) bleed on anyone, or c) defecate on anyone? According to the WHO these are the primary ways of transmitting the illness. Coughing or expectorating is considered very low risk. There have been no confirmed cases of transmitting by sweating on people. This is why primarily health workers get sick because they deal with vomit, blood, and feces.

    October 16, 2014 at 3:06 pm | Reply
  5. Falls

    I am not a nurse but it seems like common sense would have said "DON'T GET ON A FLIGHT WITH A LOW GRADE FEVER AFTER BEING EXPOSED TO EBOLA"!

    October 16, 2014 at 10:37 am | Reply
  6. Collin Lamey

    I bet she did call but as usual bureaucratic bungling blew it, praying to God that she was not infected. They do it all the time but this time they got it wrong. GUPTA IS A CDC MOUTHPIECE.I bet they are paying him to mislead the public. DONT TRUST HIM. FA REAL!!!!

    October 15, 2014 at 11:04 pm | Reply

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