CDC director: Second nurse who contracted Ebola shouldn’t have flown

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CDC director: Second nurse who contracted Ebola shouldn’t have flown

A second health care worker who had been caring for Thomas Duncan, the Liberian man diagnosed with Ebola in Dallas who later died from the virus, had flown commercially a day before coming down with symptoms.

Why was anybody who had worked with an Ebola patient allowed to fly commercially so soon? CDC Director Tom Frieden was asked that question at a press conference today:

#CDC director says both nurses were "self-monitoring", but "she should not have traveled on an airline" even though asymptomatic.

— Calvert Collins (@CalvertFOX4) October 15, 2014

"Why allow someone who had 'intensive contact' w/ an Ebola patient to get on a commercial plane?" CDC says it was against protocol @NBCDFW

— Jeff Smith (@JeffSmithNBC5) October 15, 2014

The CDC’s “protocol” doesn’t exactly seem to be rigorously enforced.

Ya think?!?! MT @AP CDC says worker exposed to Ebola shouldn't have been flying:

— Morgan Whitaker (@morganwinn) October 15, 2014

CDC head says the newest #Ebola patient who flew on a plane shouldn't have flown. This REALLY reminds me of @SouthPark's #CaptainHindsight.

— Jason Stiff (@KCOYJason) October 15, 2014

In spite of concern over people with Ebola boarding flights, the CDC director continues to say that a travel ban from West African countries would create a “higher risk”:

CDC is freaked out about a nurse with Ebola getting on a Frontier airlines flight while she had no symptoms, but doesn’t want a travel ban.

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— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) October 15, 2014

CDC Director says: "Nurse shouldn't have flown" Yet we won't ban flights from W. Africa? @ZekeJMiller

— The Right Wing M (@TheRightWingM) October 15, 2014



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