The Big E: CDC Gave Second Ebola Nurse Green Light to Fly

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DALLAS -- We've now learned Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to test positive for Ebola, called the CDC to report her temperature of 99.5 Fahrenheit before flying from Cleveland back to DFW. CDC officials actually gave her the green light to fly home since her temp was below the 100.4 threshold, a federal official said Wednesday. Still... "Because at that point she was in a group of individuals known to have exposure to Ebola, she should not have traveled on a commercial airline," CDC Director Tom Frieden said. Now the search is on for the other 131 passengers on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143 from Cleveland Monday with Vinson. Anyone who was on that plane is urged to call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO. Vinson and Nina Pham were diagnosed with Ebola following the death of Thomas Eric Duncan exactly one week ago. While discussing Vinson's diagnosis Wednesday, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said, "This is a heroic person. A person who dedicated her life and has dedicated her life to helping others. And is a servant leader." Dallas leaders and health professionals are still monitoring 48 people who came in contact with Eric Duncan outside the hospital and 75 health care workers who took care of him at Presby. "It may get worse before it gets better," Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings said "But it WILL get better."

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