CDC Expanding Outreach to Airline Passengers on Frontier Flight
Passengers on two Frontier Airlines flights between Cleveland and Dallas Fort Worth on Oct. 10 and Oct. 13 are being asking to contact the Centers for Disease Control due to a possible exposure to the Ebola virus.
The CDC is now asking those passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1142 Dallas/Fort Worth to Cleveland on Oct. 10 and passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13 to call 1 800-CDC INFO (1.800.232.4636). Public health professionals will interview passengers about the flight, answer their questions, and arrange follow up if warranted. Individuals who are determined to be at any potential risk will be actively monitored, according to the CDC website.
On the morning of Oct. 14, a second healthcare worker reported to the Texas Presbyterian Hospital with a low-grade fever and was isolated. The CDC confirmed that the second healthcare worker who tested positive for Ebola Oct. 14 had traveled by air Oct. 10 and again Oct. 13, the day before she reported symptoms.
Frontier is working closely with CDC to identify and notify passengers. A call from MyMCMedia to Frontier Airlines was not immediately returned to determine how may passengers have been screened.
Ebola is spread through direct contact (through broken skin or mucous membranes in, for example, the eyes, nose, or mouth) with blood or body fluids of an Ebola-infected person, according to the CDC. Direct contact means that body fluids (blood, saliva, mucus, vomit, urine, or feces) from an infected person (alive or dead) have touched someone’s eyes, nose, or mouth or an open cut, wound, or abrasion. Ebola is killed with hospital-grade disinfectants (such as household bleach). The airline used appropriate measures to thoroughly clean the plane consistent with CDC guidelines, according to a CDC news release.
For more information on ebola, visit http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.