Judging from Twitter, many people became worried after they heard that Amber Vinson, the second Dallas nurse to become infected with Ebola, traveled to Cleveland. “Ebola in Cleveland” began to trend on the social media outlet. A Twitter account to dispel rumors was even created.
The Twitter handle "@ebolainohio" describes itself as "corrections for ebola rumors in OHIO."
Best way to avoid Ebola? Wash your hands.
— Ebola in Cleveland (@ebolainohio) October 15, 2014
The Ebola outbreak is a serious health concern that has killed more than 4,000 people, but some netizens couldn't resist pointing out that Ebola and NBA star LeBron James came to Cleveland in the same year.
Poor Cleveland... Just when the Browns are improved and LeBron is back, Ebola hits the city.
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) October 15, 2014
The same year Cleveland gets LeBron, it also gets Ebola. Guess we can never win.
— Jason Goldston (@jason_goldston) October 15, 2014
Vinson should not have traveled on a commercial flight after she had contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Frieden said Wednesday. The nurse had a slight fever of 99.5 degrees when she traveled from Dallas to Cleveland on Oct. 8, NBC News reported Wednesday.
It’s not that anyone with a fever cannot embark on plane travel. But Vinson, 29, had treated Duncan, the first person in the U.S. to die from the fatal virus. She had “extensive contact” with the victim, including while he had diarrhea and was vomiting, the news site wrote. Duncan contracted the virus in Liberia and flew to Dallas in September.
Currently, she is ill but stable and will most likely be flown to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, which is one of the country’s top hospitals to handle Ebola.
Federal health officials are trying to interview every person who was on the same Frontier Airlines flight as her. Even though Vinson was diagnosed with the viral disease, Frieden said there was “an extremely low likelihood” anyone onboard the plane was exposed to Ebola.
“She did not vomit. She was not bleeding,” Frieden said. “So the level of risk of people around her should be extremely low.”
Vinson is the second person to become infected with Ebola after treating Duncan. The first was Nina Pham, 26. Her condition was originally described as stable, but was later upgraded to “good.”
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