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Dallas Ebola patient traveled on Frontier flight from Cleveland; Airline contacting passengers on flight

The second healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola traveled on Frontier flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on Oct. 13 and may have been contagious at the time.

By Brie Zeltner, The Plain Dealer

CLEVELAND, Ohio– The second Texas nurse confirmed with Ebola in Dallas traveled by air from Cleveland to that city on a Frontier Airlines flight two days ago and may have been contagious at the time, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the airline. The CDC is now working to notify the 132 passengers on the flight– Flight 1143.

The healthcare worker was visiting family in Akron from October 8th to October 13th, according to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).

“As of right now we do not have a case of Ebola in Ohio, but we are going to be working  to identify any close contacts that the individual was in contact with in the state,” said Dr. Mary DiOrio, ODH’s state epidemiologist. ODH is working with the Summit County health department right now to identify contacts in the Akron area, but may contact other area health departments as well, she said.

DiOrio did not have information about whether the healthcare worker was showing symptoms while in the state. The airline said the passenger was not showing “symptoms or signs of illness” while on the flight. The nurse, who provided care for Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, was identified by family  as Amber Vinson.

“We would recommend that anyone who has had contact with an individual with Ebola and they have symptoms, that they be in contact with their doctor at that time,” DiOrio said.


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