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Media reports cite symptomatic health care worker on Newark Flight from Brussels patient from Sierra Leone.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 9:58 pm 
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Sick traveler who worked with Ebola patients taken to Hackensack University Medical Center

JANUARY 19, 2015, 4:33 PM LAST UPDATED: MONDAY, JANUARY 19, 2015, 8:18 PM
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF AND TODD SOUTH
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News vans gather outside Hackensack University Medical Center Monday night. TODD SOUTH/STAFF

A woman who worked in Sierra Leone with Ebola patients was taken off a United Airlines flight at Newark Liberty International Airport in a hazmat suit Monday afternoon and transported to Hackensack University Medical Center after she exhibited a high fever and vomited on the flight, government officials and law enforcement sources said.


Port Authority police in hazmat suits boarded the plane, which originated in Brussels, and the woman was removed to an ambulance waiting on the tarmac at about 3 p.m., said a law enforcement source. Passengers on the plane were given forms to fill out and told that authorities wanted to make sure they could get in touch with them over the next three weeks, a passenger said.

News vans gather outside Hackensack University Medical Center Monday night.
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A passenger aboard the plane took and tweeted this photo.
That’s when nervous travelers began whispering, said the passenger, E.E. Charlton-Trujillo. “Everyone’s thinking Ebola,” she said, adding that authorities did not say why the woman was taken off the plane. Ebola has an incubation period of as much as 21 days.

The patient was identified only as a health care practitioner by authorities. They did not detail whether she is a doctor, a nurse or an aide and did not specify where she lives. Newark is one of five airports in the United States designated as a point of entry for people coming from parts of West Africa where there was an Ebola outbreak last year, and Hackensack is one of three hospitals in New Jersey authorized to isolate and assess potential Ebola patients.

The woman was taken to Hackensack because it was that hospital’s turn in the rotation, said Alicia D’Alessandro, a spokeswoman for Bergen County Executive James Tedesco. She said that Tedesco is not aware of any other patients being sent to Hackensack since it was designated as an assessment center last year. She added that strict protocols were being followed and that “the public has no need to worry.”

The news brought media outlets from across the region to the Hackensack hospital Monday evening. Hackensack University Medical Center officials did not immediately return messages. The state Department of Health also did not respond to questions.

The Boeing 777-200 aircraft, United Flight 45 from Brussels, landed at Newark Airport before 1 p.m., authorities said.

News 4 New York reported that a Twitter user on board the plane tweeted that authorities were having passengers fill out health forms and that responders were in hazmat suits.

Charlton-Trujillo, who tweeted from the plane shortly after it was boarded, said passengers were told to remain in their seats after the plane reached Terminal B at the airport and that five people in blue hazmat suits boarded about 40 minutes later. She said she did not see the patient, who was sitting in another area near the back of the plane, and did not see her taken off the plane. Authorities called the names of 10 other passengers who then disembarked before anyone else was allowed to leave, she said. Charlton-Trujillo said she then continued to her home in Cincinnati on another flight.

A law enforcement source said that standard protocols were followed, which means that passengers from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea would be interviewed and asked to monitor their health, reporting any changes to authorities. United Airlines said the plane had been carrying 248 passengers and 14 crew members.

Luke Punzenberger, a United spokesman, issued a brief statement on behalf of the airline. “After arriving at Newark Airport from Brussels, medical personnel met a United flight to assist an ill passenger on board,” he said. “Passengers and crew stayed on the plane until the medical personnel cleared the aircraft.”

Last month, the federal government tabbed Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick as the only hospital in the state authorized to treat Ebola patients, and among 35 such treatment centers nationwide. The Hackensack University Medical Center and University Hospital in Newark were designated at the time as “assessment hospitals” where a patient would receive care for up to 96 hours while awaiting results from an Ebola blood test.

Protocols call for passengers coming from Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea who exhibit possible Ebola symptoms, like high fevers, to be transported to designated hospitals, where they are placed in isolation and assessed. Passengers originating from those countries are limited to five points of entry. In addition to Newark, they are John F. Kennedy International Airport, Washington-Dulles, Atlanta-Hartsfield and Chicago-O'Hare.

Hackensack City Manager David Troast said hospital and New Jersey health officials notified him on Monday afternoon that a passenger with “flu-like” symptoms who had been in West Africa was being treated at the medical center. He said that he was not given any more details, and did not know the identity of the patient or where she is from. Troast said both the police and fire departments were informed of the situation. The medical center, he said, “will be updating” the city as more information becomes available.

“This is something we had hoped to avoid but Hackensack University Medical Center is one of the top medical facilities in the country and they are here to serve,” Troast said. "My prayers are with the victim. … Hopefully, it’s just the flu.”

Staff writers Mary Jo Layton and Christopher Maag contributed to this article.

Email: koloff@northjersey.com

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:08 pm 
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Ebola scare on Newark flight as CDC holds passengers on plane
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A dark cloud hung over Terminal C at Newark Liberty International this afternoon, when a passenger traveling from Sierra Leone was met by CDC officials to be checked for the Ebola virus. (S.P. Sullivan I NJ Advance Media)
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NEWARK — Officials from the Centers for Disease Control today were sent to check for signs of Ebola in a woman who vomited on a flight to Newark Liberty International Airport after she had been in Sierra Leone, officials said.

The woman, a health care worker returning from the West African nation still battling an Ebola epidemic, was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, said a spokeswoman for Bergen County Executive James Tedesco.

"Proper protocols are being followed and members of the public have no need to be alarmed," said the spokeswoman, Alicia D'Alessandro.

D'Alessandro would not say whether the woman was suspected of having contracted the virus. She said the county office of emergency management had been contacted by the State Police and the Department of Health.

Officials said woman became ill while on board United Airlines Flight 45 from Brussels, which arrived at Newark's Terminal C at 2:03 p.m., with 248 passengers and 14 crew aboard. CDC staffers were sent to board the flight to interview the woman before she or other passengers were allowed to leave the plane, officials said.
A statement released by United shortly after the plane landed did not specify whether the woman was thought to have the virus.

“After arriving at Newark Airport from Brussels, medical personnel met a United flight to assist an ill passenger on board. Passengers and crew will stay on the plane until the medical personnel clear the aircraft,” the airline stated.

The CDC, local and state health officials, and the hospital did not return calls.

Newark Liberty is one of five airports nationwide that were designated in October as U.S. points of entry for all passengers originating in Sierra Leone, Liberia or Guinea, the West African nations hard hit by Ebola outbreaks last year. The other are John F. Kennedy International, Washington-Dulles, Atlanta-Hartsfield and Chicago-O'Hare.

Newark has been the site of several Ebola scares since the outbreak riveted the nation last fall, including one involving a 33-year-old nurse, Kaci Hickox, who was quarantined at University Hospital after she had volunteered to treat patients with the virus in Sierra Leone. Hickox was sent home to Maine after remaining symptom-free for 24 hours.

A passenger treated that people in hazmat suits boarded the aircraft, according to a report by nbcnewyork.com.

NJ Advance Media Staff Writers Kathleen O’Brien and S.P. Sullivan contributed to this report.

Steve Strunsky may be reached at sstrunsky@njadvancemedia.com. Follow hin on Twitter @SteveStrunsky. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:15 pm 
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DEADLY VIRUS' ARRIVAL IN U.S. SPARKS CONCERNS
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Sick Airline Passenger From Sierra Leone Taken to Hospital: Source
By Pei-Sze Cheng and Brynn Gingras

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Officials respond to an ill passenger on United Airlines Flight 45 landing at Newark Airport Monday.
Monday, Jan 19, 2015 • Updated at 8:27 PM EST
An airline passenger whose trip originated out of Sierra Leone and ended at Newark Airport has been transported to Hackensack University Medical Center after she began vomiting and exhibiting a fever, a source familiar with the response says.
The United Airlines passenger, who connected in Brussels before landing in New Jersey, was reported to have a fever and was vomiting, the source said.

Sierra Leone is among the West African countries ravaged by the Ebola virus. The Record newspaper reported the passenger was a health care practitioner who worked with Ebola patients there.
The plane was met by authorities, and the passengers was taken off the plane and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center, one of the state's three hospitals assigned to take in patients suspected to have Ebola.

The entrance to the emergency room at the hospital was blocked Monday evening, and patients were being directed to enter through the lobby.
A Twitter user on board the plane said authorities were having passengers fill out health forms, and that responders were in haz-mat suits.

A spokesman for United Airlines said medical personnel met the flight at Newark to assist an ill passenger on board the plane. Passengers and crew stayed on the plane until the medical responders cleared the aircraft.
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There were 248 passengers and 14 crew members on board United Airlines Flight 45 from Brussels, said the spokesman.
The CDC said it was working with EMS and the local health department to assess the ill passenger.

Anyone who flies into Newark or Kennedy airports from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea must have their temperatures with no-touch thermometers upon landing, and are also monitored for symptoms for 21 days.
Despite sporadic scares of possible Ebola cases in the tri-state in recent months, only one person has ever been diagnosed with the potentially deadly virus here: Dr. Craig Spencer of Hamilton Heights, Manhattan, was successfully treated at Bellevue Hospital in early November after returning from Guinea while working with Doctors Without Borders.

Follow Pei-Sze Cheng on Twitter @PeiSzeCheng4NY, Facebook or email her: peisze.cheng@nbcuni.com

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:50 pm 
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Airline passenger hospitalized for Ebola symptoms in New Jersey after arriving from West Africa: hospital
The unidentified United Airlines passenger was reportedly returning from treating Ebola patients in Sierra Leone when she began vomiting and exhibiting a fever upon arrival at Newark Liberty Airport Monday.
BY NINA GOLGOWSKI NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Published: Monday, January 19, 2015, 4:50 PM Updated: Monday, January 19, 2015, 9:17 PM
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The sick passenger has been described as a health care practitioner who had been working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. She was removed and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.

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The sick passenger has been described as a health care practitioner who had been working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone. She was removed and taken to Hackensack University Medical Center.
A United Airlines passenger showing symptoms of the Ebola virus has been hospitalized after landing at Newark Liberty International Airport from an Ebola affected country, local health officials have confirmed.

The unidentified female passenger has been described as a health care practitioner who had been working with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, a source familiar with the response told NewJersey.com.

She’s described as vomiting and exhibiting a fever on the plane before taken to Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey for treatment Monday afternoon.

"Please rest assured that our dedicated team of healthcare providers is taking every precaution in treating this patient and they are led by our Infection Control team, working in accordance with protocols provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention," Joseph Feldman, the hospital's Chairman of Emergency Services, said in a statement.

United passengers are seen filling out health forms after health officials responded to a fellow passenger showing Ebola symptoms upon landing in New Jersey on Monday.
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United passengers are seen filling out health forms after health officials responded to a fellow passenger showing Ebola symptoms upon landing in New Jersey on Monday.
Medical personnel met the flight carrying 248 passengers upon its arrival from Brussels just before 2 p.m., a United Airlines spokesman told the Daily News.

“Passengers and crew stayed on the plane until the medical personnel cleared the aircraft," they stated.

The sick passenger is said to have transferred through Brussels.

A United Airlines passenger has reportedly been hospitalized for Ebola symptoms after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport Monday from Sierra Leone.A United Airlines passenger has reportedly been hospitalized for Ebola symptoms after arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport Monday from Sierra Leone.
PreviousNextA United plane, top, takes off from Newark Liberty International Airport as officials investigate a passenger plane that landed safely after taking off from the airport after reporting smoke in the cockpit, Thursday, July 25, 2013, in Newark, N.J. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey spokesman Steve Coleman said United Express Flight 4890 was headed for Pittsburgh. The plane returned, stopped on the runway and 27 passengers were evacuated safely as a precaution. Coleman said no one was injured. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) Hackensack University Medical Center. EnlargeJULIO CORTEZ/AP
A fellow passenger onboard the plane tweeted that five medical personnel wearing hazmat suits boarded the flight after its arrival.

Several individuals were escorted off the plane as the remaining passengers were asked to fill out health forms, Charlton-Trujillo tweeted.

Newark is one of five airports in the U.S. designated as a point of entry for passengers arriving from West African countries affected by the virus. Those countries are Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:56 pm 
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(CNN)A plane passenger who had recently traveled to an "Ebola-affected country" was hospitalized after a flight landed at Newark Liberty International Airport on Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said.

The passenger is being kept overnight at Hackensack University Medical Center for further evaluation "in an abundance of caution," spokeswoman Nancy Radwin said.

Luke Punzenberger, a spokesman for United, said an ill passenger was on a flight that arrived in Newark from Brussels Monday afternoon.

"After arriving at Newark airport from Brussels, medical personnel met a United flight to assist an ill passenger on board," he said. "Passengers and crew stayed on the plane until the medical personnel cleared the aircraft."

While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acknowledges it's possible a person infected with Ebola in West Africa could get on a plane and arrive in another country, the chances of the virus spreading during the journey are low.

"It's very unlikely that they would be able to spread the disease to fellow passengers," Stephen Monroe, deputy director of the CDC's National Center for Emerging Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, told CNN last year.

"The Ebola virus spreads through direct contact with the blood, secretions or other body fluids of ill people, and indirect contact -- for example with needles and other things that may be contaminated with these fluids."

CNN's Catherine E. Shoichet, Susannah Cullinane and Madison Park contributed to this report.

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Ill traveler won't be sent to New Brunswick hospital designated for Ebola patients

JANUARY 20, 2015, 2:20 PM LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2015, 2:31 PM
BY MARY JO LAYTON
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A health worker who came in contact with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone and had been ill on a flight into Newark Liberty International Airport will not be transferred to a New Brunswick hospital, the only one designated to treat Ebola patients after they are diagnosed.

The lack of transfer means it is unlikely she has Ebola.

The female patient remains at Hackensack University Medical Center, where she is being evaluated, but is not expected at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick.

“We are not anticipating a patient with that diagnosis at this point,’’ said Peter Haigney, a spokesman for Robert Wood Johnson.

The woman, who was taken off the flight from Brussels in a hazmat suit after vomiting on the plane Monday, was taken to Hackensack shortly after 3 p.m. Monday. She did not have a fever at the hospital, one of the key symptoms of people who are ill with the deadly disease.

The state Department of Health has declined to comment Tuesday. Officials at the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention referred calls to state health officials. Hackensack University Medical Center officials declined to discuss the patient’s status.

Last night, Hackensack’s chairman of emergency medicine, Dr. Joseph Feldman, said the patient was being kept overnight for evaluation “in an abundance of caution.’’

The hospital’s infectious control team was “taking every precaution with this patient’’ and was following protocols established by the CDC, Feldman said yesterday.

Hackensack is one of three hospitals in the state designated by Gov. Christie to evaluate patients at risk for having contracted Ebola and to care for them while awaiting test results. Besides Hackensack and Robert Wood Johnson, University Hospital in Newark is also authorized to evaluate potential cases.

The woman is the first case to be referred to a New Jersey hospital in months.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection began screening travelers at JFK International airport, Newark Liberty International and three others Oct. 11 — the airports are were 94 percent of travelers from the affected countries in West Africa enter the country. The airports include Chicago O’Hare, Hartsfield-Jackson in Atlanta and Washington Dulles. A total of 4,226 travelers were screened since Dec. 11, the last date available, according to the federal government. Eight were transported to medical facilities. None were found to have Ebola.

In Newark, 490 passengers were screened through Dec. 11. Two had elevated temperatures and were taken to hospitals, according to federal authorities -- a Liberian national and nurse Kaci Hickox, who became a cause célèbre when she fought a mandatory quarantine.

New York and New Jersey announced plans Oct. 24 to impose immediate mandatory 21-day quarantines for any travelers arriving from West Africa who had come in contact with an Ebola patient, even if the passenger was symptom-free.

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