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Ebola scare has had minimal effect on business travel, survey finds

The Ebola scare that has prompted calls for a travel ban and a quarantine of visitors from West Africa has done little to dampen business travel from the U.S.

Nearly 80 percent of corporate travel managers surveyed said the Ebola outbreak had either no or little effect on scheduled international travel, and more than 90 percent said the disease had no or little effect on domestic travel.

The survey of 421 corporate travel managers by the Global Business Travel Association was taken Oct. 13 to 15, about the time of news that a Dallas nurse flew on two Frontier Airlines flights before testing positive for the deadly disease. Amber Vinson, 29, contracted Ebola while treating a Liberian man who died of the disease.

Fear among travelers continued to grow last week when Frontier Chief Executive David Siegel said he was told that Vinson may have had symptoms when she flew from Cleveland to Dallas on Oct. 13.

The Airbus A320 that carried Vinson was cleaned that night, but it flew on five additional flights the next day. Frontier has since moved the plane for further cleaning.