78 healthcare workers on CDC's Ebola no-fly list

A source at the Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness confirmed to News 8 Wednesday night that letters have been sent out telling certain people being monitored for Ebola contact that they cannot travel by air.

News 8 was the first to report the possibility of this "no-fly" list a week ago.

In one of the letters obtained by News 8, the CDC tells a person their name has been placed on a federal list that will "temporarily restrict your ability to travel by commercial aircraft." It also urges people not to travel by boat, bus, train, or car with other passengers.

It was learned Thursday afternoon that 78 healthcare workers who treated Ebola patient Thomas Duncan are on the list. The copy we obtained was dated October 18.

This list exists for other specific highly-contagious diseases, not just Ebola. The source tells News 8 each person on the list has been completely vetted and discussed, and the list is "completely legal."

We will have more on this story as it develops.

CDC No-Fly Letter


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