Nurse Vinson Called CDC, Was Told OK to Fly Despite Her Fever

The calm reassurances offered by Dr. Thomas Frieden of the CDC that its protocols are effective and its information is “clear and correct” are now a laughingstock. (Note the smirk on his face as “corrects” Megyn Kelley in this video). Amber Joy Vinson, the Dallas nurse who treated Thomas Eric Duncan, actually called the CDC asking if it was all right for her to fly a commercial airliner with a fever of 99.5 and was told to go ahead. Hours after she landed in Dallas, she developed Ebola symptoms.

CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook reports that Vinson called the CDC several times before boarding the plane concerned about her fever.

“This nurse, Nurse Vinson, did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she has a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk,” said Dr. LaPook on the CBS Evening News.