THE nurse in Texas currently being treated for Ebola, is believed to have had the disease days earlier than detected by medical staff.
The 29-year-old nurse was on a flight from Dallas to Cleveland in the United States, on her way back from visiting family in Akron.
According to medical teams, there is a high possibility that the nurse was already infectious by the time she got on the last leg of her journey back to Cleveland.
A spokesman for the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) has said that officials are already trying to track down the 132 passengers who were on the same flight, as part of the broadened investigation.
Nina Pham, the second nurse to have contracted the disease from the same hospital, is being moved to a specialist federal facility in Maryland. Sitting up in bed and joking that her work mates should join her, she said in an emotional message: “I love you guys.”
A plea from John Boehner, the speaker for US House of Representatives, to ban travel from West African countries was rejected by President Barack Obama, who said that the measures already in place were more effective and imposing a ban could result in people hiding where they had been, resulting in a less effective screening system.
The president however, has authorised back-up from the National Guard troops if needed.