CDC Hazmat crew removes passenger from plane in Newark airport for Ebola-like symptoms

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials were called to Newark Liberty International Airport Saturday after a passenger believed to be from Liberia showed signs of possible Ebola symptoms.

The passenger was reportedly vomiting as the flight landed in New Jersey and was immediately taken to University Hospital in Newark for further evaluation, according to ABC News.

 A CDC Hazmat crew, fully dressed in protective gear, removed the passenger and his daughter from United Airlines flight 998 arriving from Brussels, ABC reported.

The remaining passengers were quarantined, but have since been allowed to leave after the passenger in question was reportedly determined noncontagious.  

Photo from Mail Onlline
Photo from Mail Onlline

A senior federal official told ABC News that the man exhibited “flu-like” symptoms.

“He’s now being treated with protocols as if he has it, but no clear indication at this point that he does,” the official said.

The airline’s immediate statement:

“Upon arrival at Newark Airport from Brussels, medical professionals instructed that customers and crew of United flight 998 remain on board until they could assist an ill customer,” the statement said. “We are working with authorities and will accommodate our customers as quickly as we can.”

Saturday’s briefing from the CDC:


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