Boardman school sends message about flight with Dallas nurse

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Families of students at St. Charles School in Boardman received word Thursday night that someone from the school has a family member who traveled on the plane with Dallas nurse Amber Vinson.

The following message was sent to parents via an email from Principal Mary Welsh:

“Today we received word that one of our families has a relative who was on Frontier flight #1142 from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10th. The relative was not on flight #1143 from Cleveland to Dallas. Please visit the CDC website for more information, www.CDC.gov regarding the flights.

I spoke to the Mahoning County Health Commissioner, Patricia Sweeney, after receiving this information and she gave me the following statement to pass on to you. Mahoning County Health Commissioner, Patricia Sweeney, has informed me that out of an abundance of caution, the Ohio Department of Health and local health officials are following up with any individuals who may have come into contact (direct or indirect) with the nurse from Dallas, TX that subsequently become ill with Ebola Virus Disease.Mrs. Sweeney reinforced information provided by CDC that an individual cannot become ill with Ebola unless they come into direct contact with the body fluids of an individual that is demonstrating symptoms of Ebola, merely coming into contact with someone who may have been in contact with the nurse, but is not ill, cannot pass on Ebola.”

Parents were also given contact numbers for the Ohio Department of Health. They are listed below:

  • Ohio Department of Health – (614) 644-6133
  • ODH 24 hour line – (614) 722-7221
  • ODH hotline – 1-866-800-1401

Vinson treated a man at a Dallas hospital who had contracted the Ebola virus. She then flew via Frontier Airlines to Northeast Ohio where she visited family members. Upon returning to Dallas, she was diagnosed with the virus.

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