The Centers for Disease Control said that the second nurse to catch Ebola at the Dallas hospital shouldn't have flown commercially.
But as CBS News reports, the CDC itself authorized her flight in advance:
In the case of Amber Vinson, the Dallas nurse who flew commercially as she was becoming ill with Ebola, one health official said "somebody dropped the ball."
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that Vinson called the agency several times before flying, saying that she had a fever with a temperature of 99.5 degrees. But because her fever wasn't 100.4 degrees or higher, she didn't officially fall into the group of "high risk" and was allowed to fly.
Update: Confirmed by NBC News.
The Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff – the American top military leader – told CNN today:
“If you bring two doctors who happen to have that specialty [i.e. doctors who are experts in Ebola] into a room, one will say, ‘No there is no way it will ever become airborne, but it could mutate so it could be harder to discover,’ ” and another might say something completely different, Dempsey said.
He said he is alarmed by the World Health Organization’s warning that Ebola cases could increase and the virus could mutate.
“Then it will be an extraordinarily serious problem,” he said. “I don’t know who is right. I don’t want to take that chance, so I am taking it very seriously.”
There is no way we can keep Ebola [contained] in West Africa.
If it breaks out [in Central America], it’s literally, ‘Katie bar the door,’ and there will be mass migration into the United States … They will run away from Ebola, or if they suspect they are infected, they will try to get to the United States for treatment.
[I saw how easy it is for illegals to enter the United States. While visiting the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua with U.S. embassy personnel, I saw a group of men] waiting in line to pass into Nicaragua and then on their way north.
The embassy person walked over and asked who they were and they told him they were from Liberia and they had been on the road about a week. They met up with the network in Trinidad and now they were on their way to the United States — illegally, of course.
[The men] could have made it to New York City and still be within the incubation period for Ebola.
And he said:
The nightmare scenario, I think, is right around the corner.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent – and vice president of the National Border Patrol Council #3307 – agrees that mass migration could spread Ebola to the U.S. , and says that “NOTHING” has been done to secure the border in the event the Ebola virus spreads to Central America.