Ebola not to blame for United Airlines passenger illness in N.J.

NEWARK, N.J., Oct. 5 (UPI) —

A Liberian man who became sick on a United Airlines flight and was taken by Centers for Disease Control officials to quarantine had a minor illness unrelated to Ebola.




The 35-year-old man and his daughter were taken from Flight 998 at Newark Airport to University Hospital in Newark to be put in quarantine. The man, who had vomited on the flight from Liberia, by way of Brussels, was believed to be infected with Ebola virus.




"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," a spokesperson for United Airlines said.




The remaining passengers on board the flight were screened by the CDC before they were released to leave the terminal.




Donna Leusner, spokeswoman for the New Jersey Department of Health, said the man was ill, but the cause was a "minor treatable condition unrelated to Ebola."




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