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Great: CDC approved nurse with low-grade fever later diagnosed with Ebola to board commercial flight

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By Doug Powers  •  October 15, 2014 07:47 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Earlier today, CDC Director Tom Frieden said that the second nurse to later be diagnosed with Ebola shouldn’t have flown on a commercial flight.

What Frieden didn’t say was that the CDC gave her the green light to get on the plane. Bonus points: She was already running a low-grade fever:

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.

I can’t help but wonder if the CDC would have OK’d her to board the flight if her seat assignment had been next to a certain passenger named Tom Frieden.

Related story: This must be serious stuff, because President Obama has postponed fundraisers to have a cabinet meeting about Ebola. After the meeting, Obama promised a more aggressive Ebola response from the administration, which probably means a hashtag is in the works (I hear they’ve narrowed it down to “#GoAwayEbola” and “#StopClimateChangeToStopEbola”).

The assurances coming from the this administration would be more reassuring if they had a track record of ever having been right about anything. About the only way confidence could be lower is if Obama announced he’s charging the Secret Service with protecting the U.S. from Ebola.

**Written by Doug Powers

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