2nd Ebola-stricken nurse arrives in Atlanta for treatment

The second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola after treating U.S. ‘patient zero’ Thomas Eric Duncan received permission from the CDC to get on a commercial flight with a low-grade fever on Monday.

That shocking confirmation by the CDC was revealed as nurse Amber Joy Vinson, 29, landed in Atlanta, Georgia to receive treatment at Emory University Hospital on Wednesday, in the same quarantine unit where American missionaries Dr Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were cured.

Miss Vinson was one of the nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to treat Duncan when he was admitted a second time on September 28, in the first ‘high-risk’ days.

But on October 10, Miss Vinson left the Dallas area to plan her upcoming wedding in Cleveland, Ohio. Before her return flight on Monday, the nurse noticed a spike in her temperature and called the CDC several times to see if she should get on the plane.

When she finally got through to a CDC representative, she was cleared since her 99.5F fever was beneath the 100.4 threshold.

‘This nurse, Nurse Vinson, did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk,’ CBS Dallas/Fort Worth reports.

CDC Director Dr Thomas Frieden admits that was the wrong call.

‘Those who have exposures to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline,’ Dr Frieden said Wednesday. ‘The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for controlled movement. That can include a charter plane; that can include a car; but it does not include public transport. We will from this moment forward ensure that no other individual who is being monitored for exposure undergoes travel in any way other than controlled movement.’

Though the CDC is trying to contact every person that was on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 on Monday, he says the threat of exposure is small since Miss Vinson’s fever was low.

‘She wasn’t bleeding or vomiting,’ Frieden said. ‘The level of risk around her would be extremely low, but because of the extra margin of safety, we will be contacting [all those who were on the flight].’

Miss Vinson reported to the hospital on Tuesday, the day after she landed, and was put in isolation withing 90 minutes

The CDC said on Wednesday that Ebola-stricken nurses, Miss Vinson and Miss Pham, spent extended periods of time with Duncan while he was highly contagious and suffering from a great deal of vomiting and diarrhea.

It is not clear how she contracted the virus but Dr Frieden said today that some health professionals had been doubling up on gowns and gloves out of fear of catching Ebola. However layers made the chance of contamination easier, he said.

More at The DailyMail.

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