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Report: Ebola Patient's Plane Went On to Stop in Fort Lauderdale. CDC Gave Nurse Permission to Fly (Updated)

Update, 7:08 p.m.: Airport spokesperson Greg Meyer said "Frontier is reaching out to their passengers. Nothing to add from our side at this time." He also provided a copy of airport protocols should a plane land with a passenger potentially infected with Ebola. It is copied at the end of this blog post and explains that only emergency medical professionals would be allowed to enter the plane and they would be in contact with the CDC. Patients suspected to have Ebola would be transported to a hospital and anyone in close contact with him/her would fill out a form then deplane. The airport is preparing an empty hangar as a staging area in case of an extreme event requiring quarantine.

Update, 8:33 a.m.: The CBS Evening News is reporting the CDC gave Nurse Amber Vinson permission to fly. "This nurse, Nurse Vinson, did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her temperature wasn't 100.4 or higher she didn't officially fall into the category of high risk," said CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook.

Original story:

A second health-care worker who has contracted Ebola from a patient in a Dallas hospital told officials she flew on a plane from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday, a day before her symptoms appeared.

Now, CBS News has used Flighttracker to show that after she disembarked in Dallas, the Frontier Airlines plane returned to Cleveland and then did two more round-trip flights: to Fort Lauderdale and back to Cleveland, then to Atlanta and back to Cleveland.

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