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2nd Dallas Hospital Worker Tests Positive for Ebola; Was on Plane Two Days Ago

Second Texas Healthcare Worker Tests Positive For Ebola
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A second health worker at Dallas Presbyterian Health Hospital was diagnosed with Ebola on Wednesday morning. Apparently the nurse had traveled by air from Cleveland on Monday.

Officials at the Texas Department of State Health Services say that the nurse, Amber Vinson, 29, was placed in isolation immediately after reporting that she had a fever on Tuesday. “Health officials have interviewed the latest patient to quickly identify any contacts or potential exposures, and those people will be monitored,” according to a statement released by the health department.

The Centers for Disease Control has reached out to all the other passengers that were on the same flight as Vinson on Monday, Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth. Anyone on that flight can contact authorities at 1-800-232-4636. The airline stated that Vinson had first traveled to Cleveland on Flight 1142 on October 10.

Like Nina Pham, the nurse who became the first person to contract Ebola in the United States, Vinson had treated Thomas Eric Duncan, the Liberian man who tested positive for Ebola and died from the disease on October 8. Pham received a blood transfusion from Dr. Kent Brantly, a missionary doctor who contracted Ebola two months ago but survived. She says she is “doing well.”

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