At least one ill passenger was pulled off an airplane that arrived at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport from Brussels today by federal health officials and emergency responders, amid fears of Ebola spreading in the U.S.
Passengers on United Airlines flight 998 were kept in their seats for almost two hours as quarantine officers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention removed the sick person from the plane, according to statements by the CDC and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
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“The flight ended at 12:15 p.m.,” said Erica Dumas, a Port Authority spokeswoman, in a telephone interview. The CDC and EMS “responded and evaluated the situation.”
The passenger was vomiting on the plane, one of the early symptoms associated with Ebola. He was taken to University Hospital in Newark, Dumas said. The spokeswoman couldn’t confirm if the passenger or a daughter traveling with him came from West Africa, where an Ebola outbreak is raging, or if medical officials were testing him for the deadly virus.