AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A health official says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expanding its Ebola investigation to include passengers on a Friday flight from Dallas to Cleveland that carried a nurse later diagnosed with the disease.
Dr. Chris Braden of the CDC said Thursday that health officials are investigating whether Amber Vinson had symptoms since Saturday. He says she may “have had the start of her illness on Friday.”
The 29-year-old was visiting family in the Akron area last weekend. She flew Monday from Cleveland back to Dallas before being diagnosed. Officials previously stressed that Vinson didn’t show symptoms during her Ohio visit.
Braden says health officials will include passengers on Vinson’s Friday flight into Cleveland as part of their investigation of contacts, in addition to passengers on Monday’s flight.
Frontier Airlines says it is notifying passengers on seven flights that they either flew with a nurse who later tested positive for Ebola or on a later flight using the same plane. That includes the
flight from Dallas to Cleveland last Friday, one from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday night, and five other flights with the same aircraft on Tuesday.
The airline said Thursday that it was telling those passengers to contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention if they were concerned. The CDC has downplayed risk of exposure to other passengers.
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