Ebola In America: Nigerian Flight raises Fears
A man died on a plane from Nigeria landing at Kennedy Airport in Queens early Thursday, sparking fears that the deadly Ebola virus had finally touched down in New York, sources said.
Unnamed man aboard an Arik Air flight from Lagos, Nigeria, died an hour before the plane landed at Kennedy Airport
Centers for Disease Control and Health Department members in protective gear swarmed the Arik Air flight landing at JFK’s Terminal 4 after the 63-year-old man, a U.S. citizen, died on the plane about an hour before landing at 5:45 a.m.
The Arik air plane had departed from Lagos, officials said.
The man, who was traveling alone, was vomiting profusely and complaining of chest pains before he died of an apparent heart attack, a Port Authority source said.
Passengers were held on the plane for about 45 minutes after arrival as CDC officials determined that the dead passenger didn’t have the disease that’s infected more than 7,500 people in the West African countries of Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and has recently surfaced in Dallas.
The United States has recently been hit by the deadly Ebola virus that has ravaged parts of West Africa in the past months with three cases diagnosed on U.S soil and five others infected in the West Aftrican outbreak treated in the U.S.
About 3400 people have died from the outbreak as the world continues to fear a pandemic.
Ref: DailyNews, New York