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Plane Briefly Quarantined at Las Vegas Airport After Ebola Scare

The Delta Airlines flight from New York was held at the gate so medical teams could assess an ill passenger



    Plane Briefly Quarantined at Las Vegas Airport After Ebola Scare
    Emergency crews responded to Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 after reports of a passenger who exhibited Ebola-like symptoms. Officials later confirmed that the person was not at risk of having Ebola.

    A plane was briefly quarantined at Las Vegas' McCarran International Airport Friday after a report that a passenger on the plane was showing symptoms similar to Ebola.

    The Delta Airlines Flight left New York's JFK International Airport  Friday morning, bound for Las Vegas. Six ambulances surrounded the plane at Terminal 1, according to Las Vegas station KSNV.

    Shortly after landing, the plane was quarantined at the gate "after reports that a passenger who had recently traveled in Africa vomited on board the aircraft," according to a statement from airport officials.

    "After a thorough assessment, it has been determined that the affected passenger does not meet the criteria for Ebola," according to the airport statement. All passenger were allowed to exit the plane after the medical assessment, according to Delta.

    The response included representatives from the Clark County Fire Department, Centers for Disease Control and the Southern Nevada Health District.

    The quarantine comes a day after travel plans were disrupted for passengers due to concerns about Ebola aboard another flight. Passengers were told to remain on the plane from Philadelphia after it landed in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic so crews in hazardous materials suits could check on a passenger who reportedly sneezed and said, "I have Ebola."

    Earlier this week, federal authorities announced an additional layer of screening would begin at New York's JFK International and the international airports in Newark, Washington Dulles, Chicago and Atlanta as part of a response to the Ebola epidemic. The new steps would include taking temperatures and would begin Saturday at JFK, according to the White House.

    A Liberian man who had come to the U.S. with Ebola died Wednesday. Forty-two-year-old Thomas Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed in the U.S. with the disease, had come to Dallas in late September.