A Dallas nurse who helped treat Ebola patient Thomas Duncan flew from Ohio back to Texas one day before she started showing symptoms of the deadly virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Because of the proximity in time between the evening flight and first report of illness the following morning, CDC is reaching out to passengers,” officials said in a news release.
According to the CDC132 passengers took Frontier Airlines flight 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas/Fort Worth on Oct. 13. Officials ask anyone who took the flight to call 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636).
The flight’s crew noted that the nurse showed no signs or symptoms of illness during the flight, according to a statement from Frontier Airlines.
The plane had stayed at the Dallas/Fort Worth airport overnight on Oct. 13. The flight with the Dallas nurse on it was its last run of the night.
It was cleaned multiple times “consistent with CDC guidelines,” before returning to service, according to Frontier. On the night of Oct. 14 it stayed overnight in Cleveland.
The airlines was notified around 1 a.m. that the nurse had tested positive in preliminary Ebola tests.
“Frontier responded immediately upon notification from the CDC by removig the aircraft from service,” according to the statement.
The nurse was identified by Reuters as 29-year-old Amber Vinson.
She is the second nurse to have reported symptoms of Ebola after caring for Duncan, who was diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 28. He died on Oct. 8.
Critical care nurse Nina Pham remained in isolation on Wednesday as she received treatment for Ebola. Doctors have said her condition has been improving.