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Media reports cite the death of a passenger de-planning at London's Gatwick Airport after flying out of Freeport, Sierra Leone with at stop in Banjul, Gambia.

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Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
Aug 03, 2014 22:30 By Rebecca Younger, Andy Lines

Staff tell of fears as jet from Africa is quarantined after the death of passenger who was 'sweating and vomiting' before she collapsed

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Ebola fears: A passenger died at Gatwick after getting off a glight fromm Sierra Leone
Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.

Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic.

The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board. She died in hospital.

Ebola has killed 256 people in Sierra Leone. A total of 826 have died in West Africa since the outbreak began in February. Tests are now being carried out to see if the woman had disease.

The plane was quarantined as ­officials desperately tried to trace everyone who had been in contact with the woman.

Airport workers face an anxious wait to see if the woman had Ebola. One said: “Everyone’s just ­petrified.

“We’ve all seen how many people have died from Ebola, especially in Sierra Leone, and it’s terrifying.”


Speaking of the horrific moment the passenger collapsed, the shocked staff member added: “The woman was sweating buckets and vomiting.

“Paramedics arrived to try and help her. The next thing everybody was there… emergency crews, airfield operations, even immigration.

“They closed down the jet bridge and put the aircraft into quarantine.

“They took everyone’s details, even the guy who fuels the aircraft.”

The plane carrying the woman came from Freetown in Sierra Leone – a country with the highest number of victims from the disease.

It stopped at Banjul in The Gambia before landing in Gatwick at 8.15am on Saturday after a five-hour flight. Public Health England tried to allay fears of an Ebola ­breakout in Britain.

It said the woman showed no ­symptoms during the flight.

One ­official added: “Public Health England is aware a passenger arriving on a flight from The Gambia that landed at Gatwick airport on Saturday fell ill shortly after disembarking.

"The passenger was taken to hospital and sadly died.

“In line with standard ­procedures, tests are being undertaken to determine the cause of death.

“The patient’s symptoms suggest that Ebola is very unlikely but as a precaution this is one of the tests being undertaken.

"The patient was not symptomatic on the plane and therefore there is no risk of Ebola being passed on to either flight crew or other passengers.

“England has world class health care and disease control systems which are active permanently, ­regularly tested and proven to be effective.

“As such, if the UK does see a case of imported Ebola, this will not result in an outbreak in this country.”

South East Ambulance Service confirmed it had dealt with the sick woman at the airport.

Communications chief Janine Compton said: “We attended Gatwick airport at 8.30am on Saturday to attend an adult female patient who was seriously ill. She was taken to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where she subsequently died.”

A Gatwick airport spokeswoman added: “A passenger collapsed after disembarking a flight from the Gambia. She was treated by airport medical staff at the scene but died later in hospital. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.”

There is no cure for Ebola. Symptoms in the later stages include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea.

At this point the disease is highly contagious.

Victims have a 90% chance of dying, although doctors said in this epidemic the rate is 60%.

The outbreak began in the forests of eastern Guinea in February. It quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A jump in the number of cases and the death toll has raised international concern and placed under-resourced health facilities in the West African nations under strain.


Last week, the Ebola crisis was described as out of control by World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan and could be ­“catastrophic”.

At the same time, Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine victims. Liberia also imposed controls.

Ms Chan revealed 60 doctors, nurses and health care workers had now lost their lives trying to save others. She said: “This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it.

“If the situation continues to ­deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption as well as a high risk of spread to
other countries.”

Ms Chan met the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. She told them: “This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.”


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A test for Ebola has been carried out on a female passenger who died after arriving in the UK from The Gambia.

The Department for Health said the test on the woman, who landed at Gatwick Airport on Saturday, came back negative on Sunday afternoon.

Some 728 people have died of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone this year, in the worst-ever outbreak of the disease.

Public Health England says the risk to the UK remains very low.

A Department of Health spokeswoman said the passenger's symptoms had not suggested she was an Ebola victim but the test was carried out because she had travelled from West Africa.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said they were called to Gatwick at 8:27 BST on Saturday.

A spokeswoman said: "A single ambulance attended and transported the patient, an adult female, to East Surrey Hospital at Redhill where we understand she sadly later died."

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EBOLA ALERT AT UK GATWICK AIRPORT

Airport staff have told the UK’s Mirror newspaper of their fears after a passenger travelling from Sierra Leone collapsed and died at Gatwick Airport on Saturday.

The 72-year-old woman is said to have collapsed as the disembarked from the aircraft which had arrived from Freetown, Sierra Leone, with 128 passengers on-board.

She has since tested negative for the virus, UK health officials state.

Sierra Leone is the country with the highest reported number of victims of the feared disease.

London airport scare ... Panicked airport staff fear for their health after a woman collapsed when leaving a flight that had originated in a city affected by the Ebola outbreak - Freetown, Sierra Leone. Source: AFP


An airport worker told The Mirror: “The woman was sweating buckets and vomiting.

“Paramedics arrived to try and help her. The next thing everybody was there … emergency crews, airfield operations, even immigration. “They closed down the jet bridge and put the aircraft into quarantine.”

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Woman dies after flying to Gatwick from Ebola hit Sierra Leone
By Claire Carter11:49PM BST 03 Aug 2014
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A woman has died after landing at Gatwick airport on a flight from Sierra Leone, one of the countries at the centre of the deadly Ebola outbreak.

The 72-year-old was understood to have been “vomiting and sweating” before she collapsed and was taken by ambulance to hospital.

Liberian Christians hold holy communion in gloves to avoid contact with the Ebola virus (EPA)
She had been travelling on a Gambia Bird flight with 128 passengers on board from Sierra Leone, which has declared a state of emergency after more than 200 people have died in the country from the disease.

The plane, which landed at 8.15am on Saturday from Freetown in Sierra Leone after stopping in the Gambia, is quarantined, the Daily Mirror reported.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health said a test for Ebola had come back negative.
Sierra Leone has the highest number of victims of the disease, which has killed more than 700 people across western Africa. Ebola has no vaccine and there is no cure.

A spokeswoman for East Coast Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to the airport at 8.27am on Saturday and took an “extremely unwell” adult woman to Surrey Hospital in Redhill.
The hospital declined to comment on the incident.

A spokeswoman for Gatwick airport confirmed that a woman in her 70s became unwell when the flight landed at Gatwick.

She said: “Given the origin of the flight, the hospital carried out tests for Ebola and other infectious diseases as a precaution. The tests came back negative."

The woman died of natural causes.

After she became unwell the plane was held on the tarmac and names of passengers recorded.
She added: " We did not allow any crew to board the flight until we had spoken to Public Health England who cleared the plane for its return journey."
Dr Brian McCloskey, director of global public health at Public Health England, said: "Yesterday morning a passenger became unwell after disembarking a flight at Gatwick from The Gambia, and sadly died in hospital.
"There was no health risk to other passengers or crew, as the passenger did not have symptoms during the flight. It was considered very unlikely to be a case of Ebola but testing was done as a precaution, and was negative.
"The correct procedures were followed to confirm there was no reason to quarantine the airplane, the passengers or staff.
"PHE can confirm there was no public health risk around the sad death of this individual."

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Ebola terror at Gatwick as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
Aug 03, 2014 22:30 By Rebecca Younger, Andy Lines

Staff tell of fears as jet from Africa is quarantined after the death of passenger who was 'sweating and vomiting' before she collapsed

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Ebola fears: A passenger died at Gatwick after getting off a glight fromm Sierra Leone
Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.

Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic.

The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board. She died in hospital.

Ebola has killed 256 people in Sierra Leone. A total of 826 have died in West Africa since the outbreak began in February. Tests are now being carried out to see if the woman had disease.

The plane was quarantined as ­officials desperately tried to trace everyone who had been in contact with the woman.

Airport workers face an anxious wait to see if the woman had Ebola. One said: “Everyone’s just ­petrified.

“We’ve all seen how many people have died from Ebola, especially in Sierra Leone, and it’s terrifying.”


Speaking of the horrific moment the passenger collapsed, the shocked staff member added: “The woman was sweating buckets and vomiting.

“Paramedics arrived to try and help her. The next thing everybody was there… emergency crews, airfield operations, even immigration.

“They closed down the jet bridge and put the aircraft into quarantine.

“They took everyone’s details, even the guy who fuels the aircraft.”

The plane carrying the woman came from Freetown in Sierra Leone – a country with the highest number of victims from the disease.

It stopped at Banjul in The Gambia before landing in Gatwick at 8.15am on Saturday after a five-hour flight. Public Health England tried to allay fears of an Ebola ­breakout in Britain.

It said the woman showed no ­symptoms during the flight.

One ­official added: “Public Health England is aware a passenger arriving on a flight from The Gambia that landed at Gatwick airport on Saturday fell ill shortly after disembarking.

"The passenger was taken to hospital and sadly died.

“In line with standard ­procedures, tests are being undertaken to determine the cause of death.

“The patient’s symptoms suggest that Ebola is very unlikely but as a precaution this is one of the tests being undertaken.

"The patient was not symptomatic on the plane and therefore there is no risk of Ebola being passed on to either flight crew or other passengers.

“England has world class health care and disease control systems which are active permanently, ­regularly tested and proven to be effective.

“As such, if the UK does see a case of imported Ebola, this will not result in an outbreak in this country.”

South East Ambulance Service confirmed it had dealt with the sick woman at the airport.

Communications chief Janine Compton said: “We attended Gatwick airport at 8.30am on Saturday to attend an adult female patient who was seriously ill. She was taken to East Surrey Hospital in Redhill where she subsequently died.”

A Gatwick airport spokeswoman added: “A passenger collapsed after disembarking a flight from the Gambia. She was treated by airport medical staff at the scene but died later in hospital. The cause of death is yet to be confirmed.”

There is no cure for Ebola. Symptoms in the later stages include external and internal bleeding, vomiting and diarrhoea.

At this point the disease is highly contagious.

Victims have a 90% chance of dying, although doctors said in this epidemic the rate is 60%.

The outbreak began in the forests of eastern Guinea in February. It quickly spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A jump in the number of cases and the death toll has raised international concern and placed under-resourced health facilities in the West African nations under strain.


Last week, the Ebola crisis was described as out of control by World Health Organisation chief Margaret Chan and could be ­“catastrophic”.

At the same time, Sierra Leone declared a state of emergency and called in troops to quarantine victims. Liberia also imposed controls.

Ms Chan revealed 60 doctors, nurses and health care workers had now lost their lives trying to save others. She said: “This outbreak is moving faster than our efforts to control it.

“If the situation continues to ­deteriorate, the consequences can be catastrophic in terms of lost lives but also severe socio-economic disruption as well as a high risk of spread to
other countries.”

Ms Chan met the presidents of Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ivory Coast. She told them: “This meeting must mark a turning point in the outbreak response.”


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Ebola scare at Gatwick: 39 hours of panic after passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight
Aug 04, 2014 00:48 By Rebecca Younger, Andy Lines
The passenger was 'sweating and vomiting' before her death but tests late last night ruled out the deadly tropical disease as the cause of her death

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