The Texas nurse who flew on a commercial airliner before being diagnosed with Ebola was very "conscientious" about the risk of potentially infecting others, Ohio officials said on Thursday.
In a press conference about the Summit County, Ohio, response to Ebola worries, multiple health-care officials said Amber Vinson virtually self-quarantined because she was aware of the risk that she may have contracted the deadly virus.
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"She was a health-care worker who knew that she had been potentially exposed...She was a very conscientious person, that she did not take undo risks, she seemed to limit her activity here, which I am very grateful for," said Summit County Public Health Medical Director Marguerite Erme. "It appears to be that she took her responsibility as having been potentially exposed very seriously. And I think that is a credit to her."
Gene Nixon, the Summit County health commissioner also described Vinson, who reportedly flew to Ohio to help plan a wedding, as "very conscientious" because interviews suggest "she was very careful" around her family and others.
Since Vinson has been diagnosed, the CDC has admitted she should not have flown while experiencing a minor fever—despite her having been told by the organization she could get on a plane.