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(CNN) — As news spreads about an Ebola-stricken nurse flying on a commercial flight, health officials, schools and the airline are doubling down on precautions.

Here’s what to know to get caught up on the latest on the Ebola outbreak:

U.S. DEVELOPMENTS

Infected nurse goes to Emory for treatment

Amber Vinson, the second Texas nurse to contract Ebola after treating Thomas Eric Duncan, arrived at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for further treatment.

Like Nina Pham, Vinson had been caring for Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas before Duncan died from the virus last week. An official said Vinson was moved to Emory, which has successfully treated two Ebola patients and is still treating another health care worker who contracted the virus in West Africa.

Questions swirl over Vinson’s flight

Vinson boarded a flight from Cleveland to Dallas on Monday, despite having a temperature of 99.5 Fahrenheit. She reported her fever to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention before getting on the plane, a federal official told CNN, but she wasn’t told to stay grounded.

CDC might ground Texas hospital workers

The CDC is now considering putting 76 health care workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas on the Transportation Security Administration’s do-not-board list, an official familiar with the situation said.

The official also said the CDC is considering lowering the fever threshold that would be considered a possible sign of Ebola. The current threshold is 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.

Several Texas and Ohio schools close

In Texas, a few schools in the Belton Independent School District are closed Thursday because two students were on the same flight as Vinson from Cleveland to Dallas — Frontier Airlines Flight 1143, the superintendent said.

And in Ohio, two schools in the Solon School District in suburban Cleveland are closed Thursday because a staffer may have been on the same plane — but not the same flight — as Vinson.

Hospital employees can quarantine themselves

With two of its own nurses infected with Ebola, Texas Health Presbyterian said it will allow any concerned employee to have a hospital room.

“Texas Health Dallas is offering a room to any of our impacted employees who would like to stay here to avoid even the remote possibility of any potential exposure to family, friends and the broader public,” the hospital said in a statement.

WEST AFRICA DEVELOPMENTS

The death toll continues to soar

At least 8,997 people have contracted Ebola this year, and at least 4,493 of them have died, the World Health Organization said in a statement Wednesday.

The vast majority of cases and deaths are from Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. “The situation in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is deteriorating, with widespread and persistent transmission” of Ebola, WHO said.

Expect 5,000 to 10,000 new cases

WHO estimates that there will be 5,000 to 10,000 new Ebola cases weekly in West Africa by the first week of December.

Chocolate companies join fight

Much of the production of the world’s largest chocolate companies comes from West Africa, and the companies are worried the virus will disrupt production. Nestlé and Mars say they have already responded to a call from the World Cocoa Foundation, a nonprofit that helps small cocoa farmers. The group plans to disclose Wednesday how much it has raised. Others in the group include Hershey, Godiva, Ghirardelli, General Mills and Mondelez International.

IN OTHER COUNTRIES

Spain: Infected nurse’s aide says she’ll be back

Teresa Romero Ramos, the nurse’s aide who contracted Ebola after treating a Spanish missionary, said she is willing to treat Ebola patients again once she has recovered, family spokeswoman Teresa Mesa said.

Ebola patient dies in Germany

A U.N. worker being treated for Ebola in Germany has died. The Sudanese man had contracted Ebola while working in Liberia, the St. Georg clinic in Leipzig said.

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12 comments

  • Branko Pezdi

    The head of the CDC, this Friedan lowlife character had the gall a few days ago to tout the CDC’s “protocols” on Ebola and place the blame on nurses for not following protocol. Does he have any comment on this stupefyingly idiotic protocol of a 100.4 degree threshold WHICH IS APPLIED EVEN TO THOSE KNOWN TO HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO EBOLA??? How is what this man has done not a felony? The CDC is supposedly one of the more “competent” government organizations. How do y’all think that Obamacare, set up and by TSA-like incompetents, will work? Welcome to your socialist paradise, courtesy of Obama and his sycophantic low information voters!!

  • Branko Pezdi

    Obama has just cancelled two fundraisers to remain in Washington D.C. and look “presidential”. Which means, in other words, that he knows he has made a huge mistake in not imposing a travel ban on the west African countries and which he should do IMMEDIATELY. The problem is that he is unable to admit his mistakes, even to himself, and he will stubbornly continue to resist imposing a travel ban. The man with his messianic complex is truly evil. If he were in the private sector his actions in this case – and others (Benghazi, for instance) – would be subject to felony charges of criminal negligence. Thank you, uninformed dem-lib lowlifes, for imposing this greatest of nightmarish catastrophes in American history on us for 8 years.

  • Branko Pezdi

    If this Ebola outbreak happened in a poor white country such as, say, Moldova, the Obama-Holder administration would have imposed a quarantine faster than they could say their favorite word “racist”. And we can rest assured that no U.S. troops would be sent there. I have yet to see a politician or media weenie with enough guts to bring this up.

  • Branko Pezdi

    Q&A yesterday with CDC head Frieden:
    “My first question is, did the CDC vet this video message before it was released and posted on U.S. embassy websites, and is it true that a person runs absolutely no risk of contracting Ebola on public transportation, such as a bus?”

    “Yes, CDC vetted the message, and, yes, we believe it’s accurate,” Frieden responded.

    “I think there are two different parts of that equation,” he continued. “The first is, if you’re a member of the traveling public and are healthy, should you be worried that you might have gotten it by sitting next to someone? And the answer is no.”

    “Second, if you are sick and you may have Ebola, should you get on a bus? And the answer to that is also no. You might become ill, you might have a problem that exposes someone around you,” he said.

    Soooooo, you CAN’T get it on a bus, but you CAN transmit it on a bus?

    Frieden is the same guy who was NYC mayor Bloomberg’s medical czar, the same guy who tried to ban second hand cigarette smoke and large sodas. Clearly liberalism is a mental disease, so why is a liberal head of the CDC???? What irony!!

  • DOW

    I have no idea what people were thinking when they elected obama He has only held down one job as a pizza delivery guy. What is wrong with people we had a drunk as president now a pizza delivery guy. It’s insane!!! Some people need voting rights taken away!
    The US is wide open for disaster. We have ebola flying right into our country and many more disease everyday coming into our borders.
    As for the new ebola patient thats taking plane rides around the country, needs her nursing license taken away. She should know not to take a flight with a fever, after caring for a man that died with ebola. Come on that’s just irresponsible to take that risk no matter what anyone says.

  • Bob

    Hey lamestream media, stop trying to scare people and make this worse than it is. The flu kills a whole hell of a lot more people than this ever will.

  • MAG

    You people is crazy as hell . Why every time something go wrong it is Obama fault? What about the guy that is over the cdc? He is the one not doing his job . I wonder who you all will blame when Obama is no longer in office and all this crap is still going on. He didn’t create all the problem in the world and he can’t solve all of them. He is not superman !!!!!

    • Dane Parker

      Agreed. Some people will blame Obama for every negative event and outcome just as some blamed Bush for every negative event and outcome. It’s slothful politics, and only more of the same vain words, albeit with the occasional dash of irony as when these criticisms extend to “acts of God”, like pestilence (a la Ebola) and extreme weather events (a la Katrina).

  • Juan Hernandez

    president O-BOLA sends 5000 troops to “Africa” to “Combat” the O-Bola virus. He needs to take his Punk A** over there and stay! The Criminal-In-Chief sends 300 troops over to fight ISIS! All the Low-Life Libs in Washington should be sent to Africa to assist in this epidemic. give each one a parachute and push them out of a C-130 from 35000 feet!

  • Juan Hernandez

    Because the CDC idiot is O-Bumma’s idiot. Obumma is only interested in “fundraising” and golf. He hates America as much as “True” Americans hate him!! He is a POS!! This response is for “Mag” or “Mac”??

  • Juan Hernandez

    No matter how bad public officials have misspent and misused tax dollars, they always think they should have more.

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