NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A passenger was being evaluated at a hospital in Newark Tuesday, after reportedly being identified as possibly having been exposed to the Ebola virus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention spokeswoman Carol Crawford said the passenger was “identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola” during the enhanced screening process for those arriving in the U.S. from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea in West Africa.
The passenger was hospitalized for evaluation, and the CDC will contact others on the aircraft to determine whether they were put at risk, the CDC said.
The Record reported that the passenger had been on a flight from Liberia that went through Brussels before arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport Tuesday afternoon. The passenger was held briefly at customs at Terminal C at the airport and was then sequestered from the other passengers from the flight, the newspaper reported.
The CDC did not name the hospital, but the newspaper reported there was a “flurry of activity” near University Hospital in Newark Tuesday night.
Customs and Border Protection officers earlier this month started screening passengers from West Africa who arrived at John F. Kennedy, Newark Liberty, Washington’s Dulles, Chicago’s O’Hare and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airports.
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