Some nurses from several local hospitals were on flight with Vinson

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CLEVELAND-- Some nurses from several local hospitals were on the Oct. 10 flight with Amber Vinson before she was diagnosed with Ebola.

Those hospitals include Cleveland Clinic, MetroHealth System and Aultman Hospital.

The following is the statement released on the nurses from the Clinic and MetroHealth:

Today, we learned that Cleveland Clinic and The MetroHealth System had employees – mostly nurses – aboard the Frontier flight from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10, returning from a nursing conference in Texas.  That flight included the Dallas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola when she returned to Dallas on October 13.

Both health systems have put all of our employees who were on that flight on paid leave while we will monitor their health daily.  We are confident that these nurses are at low risk of exposure since we understand that the Dallas nurse did not have symptoms at the time. We have taken this measure as an extra precautionary step for our employees, patients, and visitors.

Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, and University Hospitals will be working closely together to keep our community safe and to work toward preventing the spread of the Ebola virus.”

Aultman Hospital in Canton released the following statement:

"Aultman is working together with the Ohio Department of Health, the Stark County Health Department, the Stark County Emergency Operations Plan and other area hospitals and emergency management service organizations to take appropriate precautions in the event an individual with possible symptoms of the disease is identified in our community.

We are training members of our staff who would likely have first contact with any patient arriving at our facilities with symptoms of Ebola.

Today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identified that a Texas-based nurse that had recently traveled to Ohio has tested positive for the Ebola virus. We have learned that five (5) Aultman Hospital nurses were on the same flight from Dallas to Cleveland this past Friday, Oct. 10.

At the time our nurses shared the flight with this individual, she exhibited no symptoms of the disease. In fact, she did not exhibit any symptoms until four days later when she returned to Dallas and checked herself into a hospital on Tuesday. For those reasons, we are very optimistic the disease was not transmitted to our staff. However, in an abundance of caution, we have taken the five nurses off duty as we await guidance from the CDC as to when they can return to work.

As a further precaution, we have reviewed the assignments of those five nurses and identified the patients in their direct care. We plan to communicate to those patients.

We have taken these additional precautionary steps in the interest of patient safety and the safety of our health care team."

The patient with Ebola was identified as Amber Vinson, 29, a graduate of both Firestone High School and Kent State University.

She was in the Akron area visiting family and planning her wedding and stayed at a home in Tallmadge.

Vinson flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, the day before she was confirmed to have Ebola and in violation of a CDC order. Health care workers exposed to Duncan can travel, but not on a commercial airline, Frieden said. A statement from the airline said Vinson displayed no symptoms or sign of illness during the flight.

The risk to passengers aboard the flight with Vinson is low, according to the CDC, because she wasn't showing any symptoms of Ebola, but officials want to interview all 132 passengers who were on the plane. The CDC said it wants to speak only with people aboard the Monday evening flight, and not the flight Vinson took to Cleveland on Friday, October 10.

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