Right before she ended up at the hospital with Ebola symptoms, Amber Vinson flew from Dallas to Cleveland and back on a commercial jet alongside 132 other people. The 29-year-old nurse, now diagnosed with Ebola, was never stopped by anyone at the agency.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden said she never should have stepped foot on the flight, but another federal official told CNN that no one at the agency stopped her.
Before flying from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, Vinson called the CDC to report an elevated temperature of 99.5 Fahrenheit. She INFORMED the agency that she was getting on a plane, the official said, and she wasn’t told not to board the aircraft.
The CDC is now considering putting 76 HEALTH CARE workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas hospital on the TSA’s no-fly list, an official familiar with the situation said.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings maintains that Vinson was being monitored in Texas and wasn’t sure how she was ever let on flight.
“The CDC guidance in this setting outlines the need for what is called controlled movement,” said Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Tom Frieden. “That can include a charter plane, a car, but it does not include public transport,” Frieden said. “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.”
Vinson is currently “ill but clinically stable” at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which successfully treated two other patients.