CDC Responds To Sick Passenger On International Flight

Saturday, October 4th 2014, 2:49 pm
By: News 9

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention responded Saturday to a report of a sick passenger on an international flight that landed in Newark, New Jersey.

Erica Dumas, a spokeswoman with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, confirmed to CBS News that the CDC was responding to a report of a passenger vomiting onboard United Airlines Flight 998 from Brussels. 

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United spokeswoman Jennifer Dohm said in a statement that upon arrival at Newark Liberty International Airport, medical professionals instructed that passengers and crew remain onboard until the sick passenger could be assisted.

The flight landed at approximately 1 p.m. with 255 passengers onboard, Dumas said.

The Port Authority Police Department also responded to the report.

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The report comes within days of the CDC announcing the first case of the Ebola virus diagnosed in the U.S.

That patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, flew to the United States on United after a layover in Brussels.