The second person in the US to have been infected by the ebola virus took a commercial flight the day before being admitted into hospital.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed that Amber Nelson, a healthworker who contracted ebola after treating a man who died of the disease, flew on Frontier Airlines’ flight 1143 between Cleveland and Fortworth on Monday (October 13).
The CDC is now attempting to make contact with all 132 passengers who were on the flight.
The A320 on which Nelson travelled flew another five flights before it was removed from service by Frontier in line with CDC guidance.
Frontier’s crew said that Neslon did not exhibit any symptoms of the disease while on the 2hr 45min flight.
Talking to press, US president Barack Obama said he was “absolutely confident” that a serious outbreak of the disease in the US could be prevented.
However, he warned: “If the epidemic rages out of control in Africa…it will spread globally, in an age of frequent travel.”