Marie Wread, a friend of a neighbor of Marthalene Williams, became ill and was carried away by health workers in Monrovia. Credit Daniel Berehulak for The New York Times

Ebola Scare: Man Yells on a US Flight, “I have Ebola… I’ve been to Africa!”

An unidentified American man traveling from Philadelphia, US to the Dominican Republic caused a major scare among passengers and the airplane crew in an airborne US Airways Flight 845 when he yelled, “I have Ebola… I’ve been to Africa!” But it turned out it was an innocent joke.

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On landing at Punta Cana International Airport, the plane had to be isolated for more than an hour on the tarmac “to ensure the safety of the travellers.”

As shown in the video (Scroll down for Video.), the passenger was removed, checked by medical personnel and later cleared.

“Emergency personnel wearing blue hazmat suits boarded the plane and the passenger was taken to the airport’s medical center for tests,” reports Fox News: .

“The passenger, who officials have only identified as a man from North America, was reportedly coughing during the flight. Medics verified that the passenger did not have a fever – a key early symptom of Ebola.”

The joker’s passport shows that he has never been to Africa, and that “the last trip he had taken anywhere close to Africa was a 2012 trip to Europe.”

A US Airways representative had to apologize to frightened passengers on behalf of in statement after the flight was cleared by local authorities.

“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused, but the safety of our customers and crews is our main priority,” the statement said.

The World Health Organization released an Ebola report, saying there are 8,399 cases of Ebola and 4,033 deaths so far. Ebola virus disease have been reported in seven affected countries: Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain and the United States of America.

XCLUSIVE Magazine reported on 8 October 2014 the death of Thomas Eric Duncan, 42, the Liberian who was the first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. We also reported on 19 September 2014 that before his death, the Liberian authorities had planned to prosecute him whenever he returned to Liberia for lying to the airport authorities.

The first confirmed case of Ebola in Nigeria was on 20 July 2014 when another Liberian, Patrick Sawyer , travelling from Liberia, collapsed at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport Lagos. Mr Sawyer died on July 25 at a private hospital, First Consultants Hospital, Obalende.

After a total of 19 cases and 7 deaths, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on 1 October 2014 that Ebola outbreak in Nigeria has been contained.

VIDEO – Ebola Scare on US Airways Flight 845

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