Ebola ruled out in five Emirates passengers in Boston

Boston health officials said the five people were travelled from Dubai cleared of Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (Mers) and meningococcal infection following discussions with nearby hospitals.

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Published: Thu 16 Oct 2014, 12:24 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 8:58 PM

The deadly Ebola virus has been ruled out in five people with flu-like symptoms who were evacuated from a Emirates plane in Boston on Monday, officials said.

The flight was quarantined for about two hours on arrival from Dubai, AFP reported.

Boston health officials said the five people were cleared of Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and meningococcal infection following discussions with nearby hospitals. “The patients who arrived... at Logan International Airport do not meet the criteria for any infections of public health concern,” Boston Public Health Commission’s infectious disease unit said in a statement.

Emirates flight EK 237 arrived at Boston’s Logan Airport at 2.30pm after a 14-hour flight from the UAE. It sat on the tarmac without being evacuated before a team of officials dressed in Hazmat (hazardous materials) suits boarded the plane and evacuated the five passengers.

An Emirates spokesperson said the crew alerted the Boston authorities. “The flight was met by the airport emergency services on arrival, and the affected passengers have been taken for medical check-ups. Emirates is fully cooperating with the authorities in Boston. The safety of our passengers and crew is always of paramount importance.”

On Sunday, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first Ebola case contracted on American soil, a Texas health care worker being treated in Dallas.

Five US airports are screening for Ebola but Logan Airport is not one of them. And there are no direct flights between the northeastern US city of Boston and West Africa.

Health care workers in West Africa are in the front line of the worst-ever Ebola outbreak, which has killed more than 4,000 people this year, mostly in Guinea, Sierra Leone and the hardest-hit Liberia.

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