The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Saturday quarantined an international flight from Brussels, Belgium, Saturday, after a passenger from Liberia at Newark Liberty International Airport, after a passenger fro Liberia fell ill on the plane, complaining that his “eyeballs felt like they were floating.”
The United Airlines Flight touched down at Newark Liberty International Airport at 12:15 p.m.
CDC quarantine officers met the plane after one of the 255 passengers was vomiting on the flight, officials said.
The passengers were released at 1:50 p.m. and permitted to go through customs, said Erica Dumas, a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesperson. The sick passenger and his daughter were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Passengers said it took another two hours to clear customs and retrieve their luggage.
The incident comes amid heightened concerns after Thomas Eric Duncan, who had recently arrived from Liberia, on Tuesday was confirmed as the first case of the deadly Ebola virus diagnosed on American soil. Duncan arrived in the United States after a connection in Brussels.
In a statement, it said that University Hospital “in coordination with federal, state and local public health officials evaluated two individuals who arrived” Saturday afternoon.
“The symptoms of one individual were found to be consistent with another, minor treatable condition unrelated to Ebola,” the health department said. “The second individual, who was traveling with the patient, was asymptomatic.”
The health department said that both passengers will be let go and “self-monitoring,” meaning they’ll be in charge of gauging their health.
This statement appears to close the book on this situation, from the health department’s perspective.
I’d like to know the name of that minor treatable condition that causes symptoms that so mimic Ebola.
On Saturday, CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden addressed the growing concerns about the deadly disease.
“We have already gotten well over 100 inquiries of possible patients,” Frieden told reporters. “We’ve assessed every one of those … and just this one patient has tested positive … We expect that we will see more rumors or concerns or possibilities of cases, until there is a positive laboratory test, that is what they are.”
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Possible case in KC now…
Via Gateway Pundit:
A Kansas City TV station, KCTV-5 reported Saturday night someone was being quarantined at Rockhill Research Hospital (Research Medical Center), according to their sister station in Wichita, KWCH.
A source in Kansas City confirmed the story to the Gateway Pundit and added some details.