TSA agent patted down Ebola patient Amber Vinson, on paid leave

The TSA does confirm a routine pat-down by one of its agents on Amber Vinson at Hopkins Airport on Oct. 13, the day she traveled back to Dallas from Cleveland.
Dallas nurse and Akron native, Amber Vinson, was diagnosed with Ebola after returning from a visit in northeast Ohio. Vinson was one of several healthcare workers who treated Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S. The Liberian man died of Ebola on Oct. 8. Vinson traveled to Akron via Hopkins Airport on Oct. 10. She left on Oct. 13.

A source is telling Scott Taylor that TSA agent involved in the pat-down is now on paid leave.

The TSA says:

“Out of an abundance of caution, a Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer who conducted a routine pat-down of a traveler later reported to be infected with Ebola consulted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The employee is not reporting any symptoms. The employee was instructed by CDC to self-monitor over the next few days, as a precautionary measure. TSA also has assigned its chief medical officer to our employee to provide additional support.

No Cleveland TSA officer came in direct contact with the infected traveler, as all pat-downs are completed while employees are wearing disposable medical gloves.”

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Dan Mullin is an active writer and editor for the Pluto Daily who covered the 2014 Ebola Outbreak. Mullin attended the Wake Forest School of Medicine before leaving to pursue his lifelong science goal of allowing humans to live forever via a computer/brain transfer.