A second Dallas healthcare worker who has been diagnosed with Ebola flew on Oct. 13, a day before she reported symptoms, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed today. The healthcare worker was in Akron to visit family. On the morning of Oct. 14 she reported to the hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated.
The healthcare worker exhibited no signs or symptoms of illness while on flight 1143, according to the crew.
Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, the CDC is reaching out to passengers who flew on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth Oct. 13. The CDC is asking all 132 passengers to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1 800 232-4636). After 1 p.m. Eastern, 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.
Frontier Airlines is working closely with CDC to identify and notify passengers who may have traveled on flight 1143 on Oct. 13. The airline issued a statement this afternoon.
“At approximately 1:00 a.m. Mountain Time on Oct. 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 statement reads. “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.”
Frontier Airlines officials said the airline responded immediately upon notification from the CDC by removing the aircraft from service.
“The safety and security of our customers and employees is our primary concern,” reads the company statement. “Frontier will continue to work closely with CDC and other governmental agencies to ensure proper protocols and procedures are being followed.”
For more information on Ebola, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.
Update, 5:30 p.m. – CBS in Dallas tracked the flight and determined that the plane was used for five flights before it was pulled from service. There were not flights to New Jersey. The plane was cleaned and is now back in service.