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Ebola Patient Contacted CDC Before Flight, Agency Says
By NBC 5 Staff
New details are emerging on Amber Vinson’s decision to fly home to DFW even though she was running a fever. The CDC says Vinson contacted the agency to report her symptoms prior to flying.
Wednesday, Oct 15, 2014 • Updated at 10:59 PM CDT
Dallas Ebola patient Amber Vinson contacted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before boarding a commercial flight Monday because she had a slight fever, CDC spokesman David Daigle said.
“Vinson was not told that she could not fly,” the government spokesperson told NBC News.
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Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to fall ill with the virus after treating the first U.S. patient there, was flown to Atlanta for treatment at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, after being treated in isolation at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
She was part of the team that treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S., at Texas Health Presbyterian before he died there.
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Vinson, 29, had been self-monitoring and was reporting her temperature to CDC epidemiology teams routinely.
Daigle said that Vinson called the CDC on Monday before flying from Cleveland back to DFW on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, and she reported that she had a temperature of 99.5 degrees.
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According to the government spokesperson, when Vinson called in, the staff she talked with looked on the CDC website for guidance. At the time, the category for “uncertain risk” had guidance saying that a person could fly commercially if they did not meet the threshold of a temperature of 100.4.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden had said earlier Wednesday on a phone press briefing that Vinson “should not have traveled on a commercial aircraft.”
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Daigle said he believes Frieden said what he said because it should have been common sense to Vinson that she should not fly with a slight temperature.
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