CDC: Vinson may have had Ebola symptoms on flight to Cleveland, emphasizes why contact doesn't mean automatic infection

CDC: Vinson may have had Ebola symptoms on flight to Cleveland, emphasizes why contact doesn't mean automatic infection
Russ Pry, Summit County Executive on Ebola. (Source: WOIO)
Russ Pry, Summit County Executive on Ebola. (Source: WOIO)

SUMMIT COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Summit County Health officials and other public health agencies are continuing to monitor the Ebola virus.  During the second press conference of the day, the CDC gave the latest updates on the Ebola Crisis connected to Northeast Ohio.

Dr. Christopher Braden with the CDC says Amber Vinson's symptoms were not typical when she was diagnosed with Ebola, but that she may have been exhibiting symptoms while flying into Cleveland on Oct. 10.

The passengers aboard the flight from Dallas to Cleveland will be contacted,along with those who were on the flight from Cleveland to Dallas. Passengers on Frontier Airlines flight 1142 and 1143 are asked to call 1-800-CDC-INFO, or click here.

According to Dr. Braden, the CDC gave Vinson the all clear to fly because she used what was considered appropriate protection. It has not been determined when or how the breach took place.

19 Action News Reporter Scott Taylor says that Vinson's mom, Debra Berry is okay but remains in Dallas today in a voluntary quarantine.  Berry is Senior Assistant to the President of Kent State. Vinson's step-father, David Berry, has quarantined himself inside a home in Tallmadge, OH.

When asked about the whereabouts of anyone who had contact with Vinson, a spokesperson for the CDC stated that having contact with a person who has had contact with Vinson does not pose a risk and it is unnecessary to disclose where they live. Contact with Vinson does not translate into a person automatically becoming infected.

The Ohio Health Department meantime is tracing the steps of Vinson, the second nurse diagnosed with Ebola. She flew from Cleveland to Dallas the day before she reported symptoms.

In addition to Dallas; Akron and Tallmadge are the epicenter of the Ebola scare. Tallmadge-because that is where Amber spent a great deal of her time while in Ohio, and Akron because that is where health officials are dealing with the situation.

As a precaution eight people who had contact with Ms. Vinson are under voluntary quarantine; that includes five in Summit County, two in Cuyahoga County and her mother who is in Dallas.

In addition, Vinson visited Coming Attractions Bridal on Saturday, Oct. 11, between noon and 3:30 p.m. Health officials say anyone who was in the store during that time should call (330) 926-3939. The store is now closed, and the CDC is interviewing employees and customers.

The Summit County Public Health (SCPH) Ebola Information Line is 330-926-3939. This local Ebola information line will be staffed from 8 a.m a.m-9 p.m. until further notice.

SCPH will hold another media briefing on Friday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.

Copyright 2014 WOIO. All rights reserved.