No risk to passengers on flight with suspected Ebola case

No risk to passengers on flight with suspected Ebola case

Passengers on a Larnaca bound flight, from Vienna, with a suspected case of Ebola, are in no danger, Minister of Health Philippos Patsalis has assured, referring to an Austrian Airlines flight which landed at Larnaca International Airport on Sunday carrying an Israeli man, who was being monitored in the US for a possible infection with the virus.

The passenger, who arrived yesterday at Larnaka Airport from Vienna heading for Israel, had spent recently some time in Liberia, in an area which is badly hit by the deadly virus. After his trip to the African country he went to the US where he was under observation for a possible infection of Ebola and his body temperature was taken daily. Although the man was obliged to wait until the 9th of January, so that the 21 days monitoring programme of the US clears him from any suspicion of the virus, he nevertheless travelled to Vienna and via Cyprus he was due to fly to Israel on a business trip.

The Minister of Health told CNA that as soon as the Ministry was informed about the case by the US state of Connecticut, the government of Cyprus took all measures and enforced the Ebola action plan.

The Israeli passenger, who did not leave the plane when it landed at Larnaka airport, consented to return to Vienna as he did not wish to be placed in quarantine in Cyprus, the Minister said.

Patsalis added that the man was examined on the plane and on his arrival in Larnaka and had no signs of fever. The Minister assured the passengers on the specific flight that there is no danger for them.

“The important thing is that there is no risk of possible transmission of Ebola virus for the passengers”, he said.