Second nurse infected with Ebola travelled on commercial flight
DALLAS (AP) - Health officials are alerting airline passengers Wednesday who were on the same Monday flight as a Texas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola.
The 132 passengers were on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth. The hospital worker was involved in the care of a Liberian man who died of Ebola last week in Dallas.
The airplane's crew said the nurse had no symptoms of Ebola during the flight. But the next morning she developed a fever and last night tested positive for Ebola.
She is the second worker at a Dallas hospital to contract Ebola after treating a the Liberian patient there. Health care officials said the new case could help health officials determine how the workers are becoming infected. And they could use the information to make practices safer for health workers everywhere.
For example, if both health workers were involved in drawing blood from Thomas Duncan, or placing an intravenous line, or suctioning mucus when he was on a breathing machine, that would be recognized as a particularly high-risk activity.
It might also reveal which body fluids pose the greatest risk of transmitting Ebola.
Before the second case emerged, there were suspicions that the lapse may have involved how a nurse put on and removed the protective garb.
Both nurses have been hospitalized at the same hospital where they work. The second nurse was taken to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.