Reported by Ashley Naples
The deadly Ebola virus appears to be making its rounds in Dallas, TX. Family members of 29-year-old Amber Vinson have confirmed that the woman is the second nurse to become infected with the disease. The news comes after reports confirmed 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham became infected with the disease after treating for Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person to die of Ebola in the United States.
One can only hope the hospital where the two women caught the deadly disease that is described as “very bad” by Dr. Senga Omeonga, a Liberian surgeon who miraculously survived the disease, is able to contain it before it’s too late. The disease nearly wiped out the staff at Dr. Omeonga’s clinic — killing nine of his co-workers and leaving Dr. Omeonga and five other workers to reflect on the horror of the disease.
When describing the disease, Dr. Omeonga said: “It’s difficult to describe. I’m a very healthy person. It was my first experience with having a sickness like this. It’s very very bad. You’re extremely weak, with intense fatigue. You can’t do anything. You’re vomiting, and you’re having fever, and a headache. It’s not like malaria. Malaria, you can be walking around and you can take your medicine. Ebola is very very different. It’s like your body doesn’t belong to you anymore. You feel helpless. Someone needs to care for you at all times.”
As Pham fights for her life in Dallas, Vinson is fighting for hers in Atlanta.
Here’s more information about her whereabouts:
The CDC announced during a teleconference Wednesday afternoon that Vinson is stable and will soon be moved to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta.
The Centers for Disease Control says Vinson was a passenger on Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, which flew from Cleveland to Dallas-Fort Worth on Monday — the day before she was admitted into the hospital.
The center is now contacting all 132 passengers on that flight, which landed around 8:16 p.m., as a precaution and is asking them to call 1-800-CDC-INFO.
Frontier Airlines says the plane stayed at DFW International Airport overnight, and has since been cleaned. It traveled to Cleveland on Tuesday and was cleaned again. The airline says Vinson traveled to Ohio from Dallas-Fort Worth on Flight 1142 on Oct. 10.
“The safety and security of our customers and employees is our primary concern. Frontier will continue to work closely with CDC and other governmental agencies to ensure proper protocols and procedures are being followed,” the airline said in a press release.
Wednesday morning, Mayor Mike Rawlings confirmed that Vinson lives alone without pets at The Green in the Village Apartments, in the 6000 block of Village Bend near Skillman, just north of Lovers Lane.