MORE CHEERY NEWS: New Texas nurse with Ebola had slight fever on airliner. “Frieden said Vinson had been monitoring herself for symptoms of Ebola and failed to report that her temperature had risen to 99.5 degrees Fahrenheit (37.5 degrees Celsius) before she left for Dallas. Even so, Frieden, who has come under pressure for apparent lapses in U.S. preparedness to fight Ebola, said the risk to other passengers was ‘very low’ because she did not vomit on the flight and was not bleeding.”
You know, a doctor from my area self-quarantined after treating Ebola patients. That wouldn’t have been a bad idea for people who treated Thomas Duncan — especially after one of them had already become ill.
UPDATE: Amber Vinson Isn’t To Blame For Flying With Ebola: The CDC Is.
Plus: Ebola Patient Contacted CDC Before Flight, Agency Says.
The federal government spokesman who spoke with NBC News said that Vinson called the CDC on Monday before flying from Cleveland back to DFW on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, and she reported that she had a temperature of 99.5 degrees.
According to the government spokesperson, when Vinson called in, the staff she talked with looked on the CDC website for guidance. At the time, the category for “uncertain risk” had guidance saying that a person could fly commercially if they did not meet the threshold of a temperature of 100.4.
CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden had said earlier Wednesday on a phone press briefing that Vinson “should not have traveled on a commercial aircraft.”
The country’s in the very best of hands.