Panic feared: Ebola patient traveled after exposure, CDC notifies passengers

Shortly after announcing that a second health care worker in Dallas tested positive for the Ebola virus Wednesday morning, the CDC and Frontier Airlines have begun notifying passengers and the public about possible exposure. The CDC is reporting that the patient traveled from Dallas to Cleveland after caring for patient zero, who died Oct. 8.

According to Fox News, “the Ohio Board of Health has confirmed that the health care worker had been in the Akron area visiting family between Oct. 8 and 13.

Officials are urging the public to stay calm.

Here is a news release from Frontier, reported by Fox News:

“On the morning of Oct. 14, the second health care worker reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirms that the second health care worker who tested positive last night for Ebola traveled by air Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.

“Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, CDC is reaching out to passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13.

“CDC is asking all 132 passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on October 13 (the flight route was Cleveland to Dallas Fort Worth and landed at 8:16 p.m. CT) to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). After 1 p.m. ET, public health professionals will begin interviewing passengers about the flight, answering their questions, and arranging follow up. Individuals who are determined to be at any potential risk will be actively monitored.

“The health care worker exhibited no signs or symptoms of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew. Frontier is working closely with CDC to identify and notify passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 on Oct. 13.  Passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 should contact CDC at 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636).”

Frontier Airlines Statement

“At approximately 1:00 a.m. MT on October 15, Frontier was notified by the CDC that a customer traveling on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 has since tested positive for the Ebola virus. The flight landed in Dallas/Fort Worth at 8:16 p.m. local and remained overnight at the airport having completed its flying for the day at which point the aircraft received a thorough cleaning per our normal procedures which is consistent with CDC guidelines prior to returning to service the next day. It was also cleaned again in Cleveland last night. Previously the customer had traveled from Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on October 10.

“Customer exhibited no symptoms or sign of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew. Frontier responded immediately upon notification from the CDC by removing the aircraft from service and is working closely with CDC to identify and contact customers who may traveled on flight 1143.

“Customers who may have traveled on either flight should contact CDC at 1 800 CDC-INFO.

“The safety and security of our customers and employees is our primary concern. Frontier will continue to work closely with CDC and other governmental agencies to ensure proper protocols and procedures are being followed.”

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