‘I’m not careless’: Nurse Amber Vinson defends herself after Ebola infection

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DALLAS (AP) — The nurse who took a commercial flight just before showing symptoms of what turned out to be Ebola infection is defending herself against criticism.

In an interview partially broadcast Wednesday, Amber Vinson told NBC that she had checked with health officials before flying Oct. 10 from Dallas to Cleveland and returning three days later.

Vinson said, “I’m not careless. I’m not reckless.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have already acknowledged that Vinson was not stopped from flying, something director Tom Frieden later said was a mistake on the agency’s part.

Vinson and fellow nurse Nina Pham have recovered from Ebola, contracted while treating Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died of the illness in a Dallas hospital.

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