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The Ebola Timeline

The Ebola Timeline

The second Dallas nurse to contract Ebola, Amber Vinson, flew on commercial airline to Ohio shortly before she was diagnosed with the virus in Texas. That's prompted the state to step up precautions as officials search for people who may have come into contact with her.

Key dates in her case:

— Sept. 30: Thomas Eric Duncan tests positive for Ebola, becoming the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States. He had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, where he fell ill and was taken to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, where Vinson works. Medical records provided to The Associated Press show Vinson was with him the day he tested positive.

— Between Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 5-Oct. 8: Vinson is actively engaged in caring for Duncan, records show. She inserts catheters, draws blood, and deals with Duncan's body fluids while wearing protective gear.

— Oct. 8: Duncan dies at the hospital.

— Oct. 10: The 29-year-old Vinson flies into Cleveland from Dallas.

— Oct. 11: Vinson and friends visit Coming Attractions Bridal & Formal in Akron in the afternoon. A preliminary test that evening shows nurse Nina Pham is positive for Ebola.

— Oct. 13: Vinson reports her temperature to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who clears her to fly out of Cleveland to Dallas.

— Oct. 14: Now back in Dallas, Vinson reports having a fever.

— Oct. 15: After Vinson's diagnosis, state and local health officials confirm Vinson flew out of Cleveland and address precautions taken to decontaminate and limit spread of illness. Vinson is transferred to a special bio-containment unit at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks to CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden and requests CDC staff be deployed to Ohio to assist with patient contact work.

— Oct. 16: Kasich talks with President Barack Obama by telephone and thanks him for his help in getting CDC personnel to Ohio. State health officials issue updated guidance on quarantine protocols for health care providers and local officials dealing with a suspected or confirmed Ebola case.

— Oct. 18: Officials say they're monitoring the health of 116 people in Ohio who had contact with Vinson, flew on the same flights as her or visited the same bridal shop.

Photo Courtesy: University Hospitals 

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