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Airline Offers Explanation for Unprotected Man Seen During Ebola Patient Transport

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"Our medical professionals in the biohazard suits have limited vision and mobility..."

Official without protective gear helps transport Dallas Ebola victim Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 (Image source: KXAS-TV)

The man observing Wednesday's transport of the Dallas nurse without a hazmat suit on was a "protocol supervisor" who wasn't wearing protective gear for a "higher level of safety," an airline representative said.

Official without protective gear helps transport Dallas Ebola victim Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2014 (Image source: KXAS-TV)  Image source: KXAS-TV

"Our medical professionals in the biohazard suits have limited vision and mobility and it is the protocol supervisor's job to watch each person carefully and give them verbal directions to ensure no close-contact protocols are violated," a Phoenix Air representative told ABC News. "There is absolutely no problem with this and in fact [e]nsures an even higher level of safety for all involved."

The patient, 29-year-old Amber Vinson, was being flown to Emory Hospital for treatment after becoming the second Dallas health worker to test positive for Ebola virus after caring for Thomas Eric Duncan.

An official said Thursday that Nina Pham, the first nurse diagnosed with Ebola after treating Duncan, would be moved to a National Institutes of Health facility just outside of Washington, D.C., for treatment.

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