A 29-year-old Dallas nurse is the second American and third person overall to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, and now, reports say that a student was on board the same flight with the woman the day before she went to the hospital exhibiting symptoms.
According to reports, 29-year-old Amber Vinson flew from Cleveland, Ohio, back to Dallas, Texas, with a slight fever. The nurse had previously been in direct contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, the very first person to be diagnosed in the United States after his trip to Africa, in Dallas, and she made a trip back to her hometown in Ohio without any symptoms. The day after landing back in Dallas where she currently resides, however, Vinson went to the hospital with a fever and other symptoms, and she was eventually diagnosed with Ebola.
After discovering that Vinson was on a flight before she was diagnosed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked all 132 passengers on board the flight from Cleveland to Dallas to call them so that they can be properly screened. Now, it’s been discovered that a student was on the same flight, and two area schools have sent home warning letters to parents.
“This afternoon we were made aware that one of our students traveled on Frontier Airlines Flight #1143 from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday and attended classes on Tuesday and Wednesday,” reads the letter to parents at Sparta Elementary and North Belton Middle School.
Vinson reportedly didn’t show any symptoms on the flight, so the risk of anyone getting Ebola is extremely low, but the school decided to send the letter out of an abundance of caution. The boy has reportedly not shown any symptoms since being on the flight.
The news comes following unnerving reports that Vinson contacted the CDC prior to flying back to Dallas to let them know that she was showing no symptoms. They told her that she could fly because she wasn’t sick and because even though her temperature was 99.5 degrees, it didn’t reach their 100.4-degree threshold. Meanwhile, Thomas Eric Duncan has since died from Ebola while Vinson and the first American to be diagnosed, Dallas nurse Nina Pham, are being treated and said to be doing well.