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Airsick young passenger triggers Ebola panic freak-out

October 15, 2014 Aviation, Headline News 1 Comment Email Email

egtmedia59A Delta Air Lines flight was quarantined at Las Vegas airport yesterday after a child vomited aboard the aircraft. Medical personnel at a nearby hospital stood by, prepared to isolate patients if needed.

There was more to the story, the Atlanta Business Chronicle reported yesterday. Essentially, it was all a mistake.

The vomiting child had recently been in Africa. The dreaded Ebola virus is raging in West Africa and the virus kills about 70% of all those who catch it. But the child had not been in the danger area. Africa is a big continent.

It took a thorough check by officials from the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), working with Las Vegas-area fire department and health officials, to give the all-clear, the Las Vegas Sun reported.

Other passengers on the flight were allowed to leave the plane after about 90 minutes.

Shortly after the initial heavy response, a CDC official worked out that the child had been to Gabon, an African country but not one of the three West African nations affected by the Ebola outbreak. The afflicted countries are Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

The fear is spreading, which is not good news for the travel industry.

At the weekend, a United Airlines flight from New York was diverted to a different runway after a passenger felt they might be catching the flu. Medical emergency staff wearing full HAZMAT moon suits boarded the aircraft.

Upshot: the passenger was feeling airsick and maybe had a cold. Happens all the time.

Additionally, the passenger had visited South Africa and had mentioned the fact. The word “Africa” did the rest. It seems someone put two and two together and made five.

Written by Peter Needham

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. stingforever says:

    ….i guess over-reaction is better than no reactions at all…youre talking about a deadly virus…. you cannot take chances, you know…

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