Health Workers Put on Paid Leave After Ebola Flight

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Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System and University Hospitals today issued a joint statement on this week’s Frontier Airlines flight from Dallas to Cleveland that carried a Texas nurse who has been diagnosed with Ebola.

“Today, we learned that Cleveland Clinic and The MetroHealth System had employees – mostly nurses – aboard the Frontier flight from Dallas to Cleveland on October 10, returning from a nursing conference in Texas.

“That flight included the Dallas nurse who was diagnosed with Ebola when she returned to Dallas on October 13.

“Both health systems have put all of our employees who were on that flight on paid leave while we will monitor their health daily.  We are confident that these nurses are at low risk of exposure since we understand that the Dallas nurse did not have symptoms at the time. We have taken this measure as an extra precautionary step for our employees, patients, and visitors.

Cleveland Clinic, The MetroHealth System, and University Hospitals will be working closely together to keep our community safe and to work toward preventing the spread of the Ebola virus.”

The above joint statement was released on behalf of Neil P. Smith, DO, President Fairview Hospital.

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