NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A sick passenger on board a plane that landed at Newark Liberty International Airport, who the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention investigated for possible Ebola, does not have the virus, according to the New Jersey Department of Health.
University Hospital in Newark said the man’s symptoms were found to be consistent with a treatable condition unrelated to the deadly Ebola virus and that he would be released with continued monitoring.
The passenger was moved to an area hospital, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said Saturday afternoon.
University Hospital confirmed two patients, a child and an adult, were transported from Newark International Airport to University Hospital around 2:30 p.m.
The child was found to be asymptomatic, the hospital said.
Port Authority officials said a passenger on board United Flight 998, inbound from Brussels, was vomiting aboard the plane.
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After landing in Newark at around 12:15 p.m., authorities sealed the plane at Gate 54 and asked the 255 passengers and the plane’s crew to remain on board, the Port Authority said.
At around 1:50 p.m., passengers were allowed off the plane and the sick passenger and his daughter were taken to an area hospital, the Port Authority told 1010 WINS.
The sick man was wearing a surgical mask when he was removed from the plane, Raymond Schraff, a passenger on board the flight, told CBS News. He said the man’s daughter was not.
Schraff said workers from the CDC wore full body protection when they escorted the man off the plane.
An announcement was later made that the man, coming from Liberia with a connection in Brussels, wasn’t contagious, Schraff told CBS News.
Passengers described confusion by airline and airport officials as the plane taxied to the gate, 1010 WINS’ Gary Baumgarten reported.