In a troubling report that has surfaced amidst growing fears of an Ebola outbreak in the US, a man has died following a vomiting fit en route to New York City on a commercial flight originating from Nigeria. The CDC has yet to go on record confirming or denying whether or not the man may have been infected with Ebola.
The New York Post reports:
A plane from Nigeria landed at JFK Airport Thursday with a male passenger aboard who had died during the flight after a fit of vomiting — and CDC officials conducted a “cursory” exam before announcing there was no Ebola and turning the corpse over to Port Authority cops to remove, Rep. Peter King said on Thursday.
The congressman was so alarmed by the incident — and by what he and employees see as troubling Ebola vulnerabilities at JFK — that he fired off a letter to the federal Department of Homeland Security demanding more training and tougher protocols for handling possible cases there.
The unnamed, 63-year-old passenger had boarded an Arik Air plane out of Lagos, Nigeria, on Wednesday night, a federal law enforcement source said.