Ohio and CDC Monitoring 153 Contacts; 3 Quarantined
Update: The state health department has identified 153 Ohioans who came into contact or flew with Amber Vinson, the Texas nurse later diagnosed with Ebola, according to a report release Sunday morning. Of those, three people are quarantined .
None are showing any signs of Ebola, officials said Saturday. One person is under strict quarantine, and the others are being monitored or monitoring themselves.
“All the contacts are well,” said Dr. Chris Braden with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “And there’s no possibility that Ebola can be transmitted from somebody who’s well.”
Health workers are checking in daily with people who had closer contact with Vinson, state epidemiologist Dr. Mary DiOrio said. Others are under different tiers of scrutiny depending on their level of contact with Vinson.
“This goes everywhere from daily contact, including face-to-face contact with health professionals, to daily contact on the phone, to recommending that the individuals do self monitoring of their symptoms and notify the local health department if they have any change in symptoms,” DiOrio said.
While the number of contacts may rise or fall, Ohio Gov. John Kasich said at the news conference, it shouldn’t be a cause for worry.
The governor said fluctuations in the number of contacts shows Ohio health officials and the CDC are being diligent in finding people who might have contacted Vinson.
“The bottom line is that everyone is being checked,” Kasich said.