CDC May Use Do-Not-Fly List for Ebola

Dallas reporter says agency is developing one
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 15, 2014 6:21 PM CDT
CDC May Use Do-Not-Fly List for Ebola
The Frontier Airlines plane that Amber Vinson flew on Monday flies out of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CDC officials weren't pleased that a nurse who cared for an Ebola patient in Texas hopped on a commercial airliner, only to get sick herself soon after. They promised to prevent that from happening again, but how? "CDC tells me there is a 'do not board list,'" tweets reporter Lauren Zakalik of WFAA-TV in Dallas. In other tweets, Zakalik says CDC officials wouldn't provide details on how it would work, only that the list would evolve to cover people who might have been exposed, reports New York mag. Earlier, CDC chief Thomas Frieden said nurse Amber Vinson, 29, had a low-grade fever of 99.5 degrees when she boarded a flight on Monday from Cleveland to Texas, below the "fever threshold" of 100.4.

Still, because of her prior contact with patient Thomas Duncan, Frieden said she should not have gotten on the plane. She had flown to Ohio to plan for her upcoming wedding and visit her mom, reports WFAA. Meanwhile, President Obama met with advisers today and promised a "much more aggressive" government response on Ebola, reports Politico. That includes having a CDC "SWAT team" ready to respond to new cases quickly. “We are taking this very seriously at the highest levels of government,” said Obama. “And we are going to be able to manage this particular situation, but we have to look to the future.” (More Ebola stories.)

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