ARE WE REALLY DOING EVERYTHING TO KEEP THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SAFE?
This is a critical issue folks! The 2nd nurse diagnosed yesterday with Ebola was traveling on Frontier Flight number 1143 from Cleveland to Dallas / Fort Worth International (DFW) on Monday, October 13. Just one day before being diagnosed with Ebola. Her flight landed at 8:16 pm Dallas time. The nurse had flown from Dallas Fort Worth to Cleveland on Frontier flight 1142 on October 10th. The CDC is asking all 132 passengers who flew on that flight or on the October 10th flight to call 1-800-232-4636.
October 14th travel for this airplane is not discussed.
On October 15 at approx 1:00 am MT time Frontier Airlines was notified by the CDC that the nurse had been a traveling customer on their flight. The flight did not leave the airport that evening (Oct 13) having completed its scheduled flights for the day. Frontier states that the plane received a thorough cleaning “per our normal procedures which is consistent with CDC guidelines prior to returning to service the next day.”
The troubling part of that comment was that it was “normal procedures”. They did not state per the recent guidelines given to assist in the protection against Ebola. On October 9, airline cabin cleaners went on strike over fears that they were not properly equipped and protected. Something tells me their cleaning plan is about as effective as the nursing care protection has been thus far.
Why was this nurse who directly cared for Thomas Duncan on a plane TWO DAYS after he died? Certainly it does not take a rocket scientist to see that the people at the highest risk are those who were in the closest proximity to this man who was infected. We allowed this woman to “self monitor” which was accompanied by very poor judgement on her part.
I have done a lot of travel on airplanes in my previous consulting career. I began to think of every opportunity I would have to expose others to an illness. Here is the litany. The CDC is looking for the travelers on the plane. But this is so much bigger… Click here to read the rest of the story on Stepping Stones Living…