Ebola probe expanding to nurse’s flight from Dallas

The Frontier Airlines plane that Amber Vinson flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, flies out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. Vinson is the second nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. Ohio health officials aren't sure how many people came into contact with Vinson as she visited family in the Akron area days before being diagnosed with the disease. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
The Frontier Airlines plane that Amber Vinson flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, flies out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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.

Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola
Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola

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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