Second US health care worker infected with Ebola allowed to fly earlier. Why?

A second health care worker has been infected in the United States after treating the Liberian Ebola patient who died last week (Oct 8).

Concern mounted over the fact that health care worker Amber Vinson was allowed to travel on a plane within the United States from Cleveland to Dallas.

The 29-year-old is now the third person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the US.

She has been moved to Atlanta for medical treatment.

Officials said that she travelled just a day before she went to the hospital. Vinson was diagnosed with the virus on Wednesday.

The nurse had reported a fever before boarding the flight from Cleveland, Ohio to Dallas in Texas on Monday.

There is now a massive effort underway to locate and monitor more than 130 people on the same flight.

Dr Tom Frieden, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said: "She should not have been allowed to travel."

She had fever

He also noted that the woman found her temperature was 37.5 degrees Celsius before boarding that day. 

But he also insisted that there was an "extremely low likelihood" that the 132 passengers on the Frontier Airlines flight would have been exposed because the nurse did not have nausea or vomiting symptoms at that time.

Sources: AFP, Twitter

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