The second Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola shouldn’t have traveled on a commercial flight due to her exposure to the virus prior to her diagnosis, said Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But the CDC has now confirmed that it gave Amber Vinson permission to make a trip from Cleveland to Dallas.
Vinson, 29, was identified by a family member as the nurse diagnosed with the virus. Like 26-year-old Nina Pham, who was diagnosed before her, Vinson was among those who had frequent contact with Duncan during his treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.
Frieden called the first days of Duncan’s diagnosis and isolation at the hospital the highest risk moments. He pinpointed those days between Sept. 28 and Sept. 30.
“These two health care workers both worked on those days and both had extensive contact with the patient when the patient had extensive production of bodily fluids because of vomiting and diarrhea,” he said.
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