TALLMADGE (AP) — Two large Cleveland hospital systems say some of their nurses and other employees were on a flight from Dallas with a Texas nurse days before she was diagnosed with Ebola.
The Cleveland Clinic and The MetroHealth System said Wednesday the employees are on paid leave as a precaution while their health is monitored. The hospitals said they believe the employees’ risk of exposure was low because available information indicates the Texas nurse didn’t have symptoms during the Friday flight to Cleveland.
People infected with Ebola aren’t contagious until they get symptoms. The virus is spread through direct contact with bodily fluid, not through the air.
A Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman said it had five nurses on the flight.
A MetroHealth spokesman wouldn’t say how many employees it had on the flight.
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