Cleveland Area Schools Cancel Classes Over Ebola Concerns

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Like Liberia and Sierra Lone, Solon Middle School and Parkside Elementary School were closed as precaution because an unnamed middle school staffer reportedly flew on the Frontier Airlines plane that a Dallas nurse previously used, the Northeast Ohio Media Group reported.

Amber Joy Vinson, the second American nurse diagnosed with Ebola, traveled on the same plane the previous evening.

In an email to parents, the school district said the closings  were parts of precautionary measures, WKYC.com reported.

Although the staff member has not shown any symptoms of Ebola, the school district decided she will remain home for 21 days and ordered the schools to be disinfected.

Vinson, 29, treated Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who tested positive for the disease on Sept. 30, at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. Duncan was the first person to have been diagnosed with the virus in the U.S. He died on October 8.

 Liberia, Sierra Leone and the Republic of Guinea are the three West African countries that are worst hit by the outbreak. As the result of the Ebola virus disease (EVD), Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria (now Ebola freed) closed down schools as part of precautionary measures to prevent further spread of the virus.

 However, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention reportedly told Vinson that she could fly, despite having an elevated temperature of 99.5 Fahrenheit. Vinson is currently being treated at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. She has been described as "ill but clinically stable."

CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said recently that there’s an “extremely low” risk to anyone else on that plane, but all 132 passengers who shared the flight with Vinson are being contacted as part of “extra margins of safety.”

The plane will remain out of service as it receives a fourth cleaning, an email sent to employees from Frontiers Chief Executive David Siegel said.

"These extraordinary actions went beyond CDC recommendations," the email states. "These steps were taken out of concern for the safety of our customers and employees. Steps, such as removing the aircraft from service, removing aircraft seat covers and carpet and replacing environmental filters as well as placing the crew on paid leave were not requested nor mandated by the CDC."

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