Travel Ban For Dallas Health Workers In Ebola Case

October 17, 2014 | By Garrett Montgomery More

Travel Ban Dallas Health Workers

A Travel ban for Dallas health workers, who treated Ebola US patient zero, Thomas Eric Duncan has been put in place. The Texas Department of State Health Service has issued a travel ban that will last 21 days for more than 70 health workers, who cared for Duncan at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. During that period, the health experts are not allowed to use buses, take planes, go out to stores or restaurants.

A travel ban for Dallas health workers who cared for, or came in contact with the since-deceased patient by the name of Thomas Eric Duncan has been issued. Mr Duncan contracted the Ebola virus during a trip in Liberia and died earlier this month at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Texas.

After two nurses contracted the Ebola virus, the Texas Department of State Health Service has announced a travel ban for Dallas health workers. The decision for the travel ban was taken after 2 of the 70 health workers who cared for patient zero contracted Ebola.

Nurse Nina Pham who is the first person to get Ebola in the US is said to be in fair condition. Last night, Pham was transferred to the National Institutes of Health hospital in Bethesda, Maryland after getting a blood transfusion from Ebola survivor, Dr. Kent Brantly.

A second nurse by the name of Amber Vinson, 29, traveled to Cleveland via Frontier Airlines and later discovered that she was also infected with the Ebola virus. Vinson is currently being treated at the Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

A third person from the Dallas hospital has been quarantined. A female hospital lab supervisor from the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, who handled fluid samples from Duncan is currently in isolation on a Carnival cruise ship in the Caribbean that is heading to Belize.

The travel ban means that Dallas health workers are not permitted to use any form of public transport, including planes, ships, buses or trains. They are not allowed at populated areas – which implies they should not visit grocery stores, malls, churches or schools.

The travel ban extends to concerts, restaurants and cinemas. The travel ban for the Dallas health workers will last 21 days and Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins expects everyone to comply. Dr. Charles N. Haas from the Drexel University says the 21-day quarantine period is not enough.

Judge Clay Jenkins has submitted an agreement to be signed by all of the 70 Dallas health care workers.

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