A United Airlines passenger showing symptoms of the Ebola virus has been hospitalized after landing at Newark Liberty International Airport from an Ebola affected country, local health officials have confirmed.
The unidentified female passenger has been described as a health care practitioner who had been working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, a source familiar with the response told NewJersey.com.
She’s described as vomiting and exhibiting a fever on the plane before taken to Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey for treatment Monday afternoon.
“Please rest assured that our dedicated team of healthcare providers is taking every precaution in treating this patient and they are led by our Infection Control team, working in accordance with protocols provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Joseph Feldman, the hospital’s Chairman of Emergency Services, said in a statement.
Medical personnel met the flight carrying 248 passengers upon its arrival from Brussels just before 2 p.m., a United Airlines spokesman told the Daily News.
“Passengers and crew stayed on the plane until the medical personnel cleared the aircraft,” they stated.
The sick passenger is said to have transferred through Brussels.
A fellow passenger onboard the plane tweeted that five medical personnel wearing hazmat suits boarded the flight after its arrival.
Several individuals were escorted off the plane as the remaining passengers were asked to fill out health forms, Charlton-Trujillo tweeted.
Newark is one of five airports in the U.S. designated as a point of entry for passengers arriving from West African countries affected by the virus. Those countries are Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.
Source: NY Daily News