CDC: 2nd Nurse With Ebola Shouldn't Have Flown

Obama cancels fundraising trip to talk Ebola
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2014 12:32 PM CDT
CDC: 2nd Nurse With Ebola Shouldn't Have Flown
A Frontier Airlines employee wears rubber gloves as she directs passengers where to go at Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

The CDC isn't happy that the second nurse to have contracted Ebola in Texas decided to get on a plane. "She should not have traveled on a commercial airline," says CDC chief Thomas Frieden, as quoted by NBC News. He said the woman had "extensive contact" with patient Thomas Duncan, who later died. Frieden added that the agency will not allow anyone else being monitored for Ebola to travel. Reuters, meanwhile, has identified the second nurse as 29-year-old Amber Vinson and reports that she lives in the same apartment complex as the first nurse to fall ill, Nina Pham.

Vinson will be transferred from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to Atlanta's Emory University Hospital for treatment, reports CNN. The Atlanta hospital has successfully treated other US Ebola patients. Amid the new headlines, President Obama today canceled a fundraising trip to New Jersey and will instead convene a Cabinet meeting about the government's response to the outbreak, reports the Washington Post. The president is expected to make a public statement afterward. (More President Obama stories.)

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