More than 100 monitored for Ebola symptoms in Ohio
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — A total of 116 people are being monitored for Ebola symptoms in Ohio following the visit from a Dallas nurse who treated the first patient to die of the virus in the United States and later tested positive herself, health officials said Saturday.
Twenty-nine of those being monitored came in contact with Amber Vinson or visited the same Akron dress shop where her bridesmaids tried on dresses on Oct. 11. An additional 87 people were on flights with her between Dallas and Cleveland.
Vinson herself did not try on any dresses during the shopping trip, Summit County Health Commissioner Gene Nixon said.
Ohio epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio said airline passengers are being classified for monitoring according to where they sat on the plane. Some individuals are being more actively watched, she said.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich said the state has put in place stricter protocols than what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend. He said Cuyahoga County has protocols in place for how to transport those individuals who show Ebola-like symptoms while Summit County is “watching and learning.”
Kasich said 91 percent of Ohio hospitals have run drills or are engaged in training over handling possible cases.
Kasich also called on the federal government to establish travel bans from countries where the epidemic has raged.
“I think it makes sense to have that ban in place,” Kasich said.
Vinson’s stepfather is quarantined in his home in the Akron suburb of Tallmadge, where she stayed during her visit. He is the only person in the state under such a restriction.