Nurse afflicted with Ebola who flew may have had more advanced symptoms
More idiocy from the CDC, who assured Frontier Airlines that their employees were in no danger of contracting Ebola because the nurse who exposed them to the virus, Amber Vinson, wasn't very symptomatic at the time of her flights.
The CDC has now revised that statement because it turns out Nurse Vinson had a more advanced case of Ebola than first thought.
The president of Frontier Airlines says a nurse who was on flights between Dallas and Cleveland and who later tested positive for Ebola may have been at a more advanced stage of the illness than previously thought.
Barry Biffle emailed employees Friday about the findings by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He said the CDC has assured the Denver-based airline that crewmembers on the flights are at a very low risk of exposure.
The airline put the pilots and flight attendants on leave for 21 days, which health experts consider the outer limit of how long it would take someone exposed to Ebola to become sick.
Biffle says passengers on Amber Joy Vinson's flight from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and her return flight to Dallas on Monday have been notified.
Contrast the CDC's incompetence with the actions of Ohio health officials who are very aggressive in leaving no stone unturned in finding people who were exposed to Nurse Vinson.
In an effort to further quarantine the deadly virus, the Ohio Department of Health, upped the ante on specific Ebola monitoring requirements on Saturday for those potentially affected by the deadly virus.
Ohio health officials Saturday increased the number of people being monitored from 16 to 29. These people were in the vicinity of Vinson or had contact with her. They include people who were in a bridal shop she visited. One of them was a "close contact" and is under quarantine, according to DiOrio. All are healthy.
The new measures include daily health monitoring by a local health department official and those being monitored "cannot leave the United States due to the inability to track them down in the event they fail to meet their daily reporting requirements," the statement read.
"We're taking an aggressive approach, no doubt about it, but it's just common sense. Some might criticize us for being too aggressive, but we're comfortable taking that criticism," said Dr. Mary DiOrio, state epidemiologist and interim chief of the ODH Bureau of Prevention and Health Promotion in statement.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said she could have had symptoms during that time.
The TSA says an officer who patted down Vinson on October 13 in Cleveland has been placed on paid administrative leave "out of an abundance of caution."
Those actions by Ohio officials engender far more confidence in their ability to deal with Ebola than anything the CDC has done to date.