As health officials try their best to quarantine the Ebola virus, it was discovered a Texas nurse, who had extensive contact with the first patient in America to be diagnosed with Ebola, was given the green light to board a commercial plane risking other passengers’ health.
Amber Vinson, 29, not only travelled to Cleveland, but also boarded a commercial flight back to Dallas carrying 132 passengers. While many are questioning her decision to fly out only two days after Thomas Eric Duncan’s death—the first fatality caused by the virus—Vinson claims she contacted the Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and she was given the okay to board another commercial flight to Dallas. Allegedly, the nurse’s fever was noted to be 99.5 and not the CDC’s threshold of 100.4 degrees, reported the CBS station in Dallas.
While she was not showing Ebola-like symptoms, she was exposed to the virus and had a low fever so should not have flown said Tom Frieden, director of the CDC.
“So by both of those criteria, she should not have been on that plane,” he said.
Vinson flew to Cleveland to plan her wedding, which means there are countless others who had contact with the Texas nurse and could be at risk of infection.