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2 Air Passengers Who Visited Liberia Under Medical Observation In Chicago

By Chuck Sudo in News on Oct 22, 2014 2:25PM

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Two people on different flights from Liberia are under medical observation in Chicago hospitals after they fell ill during the flights to O’Hare International Airport. Although the travelers did not show signs of exposure to Ebola virus, local health officials took precautionary measures with the two passengers, who are in isolation during and undergoing further evaluation.

One patient, a child, vomited during the flight to O’Hare, was screened by federal authorities upon landing and found to have no symptoms of the virus or known risk of exposure. City officials said the child is in isolation at Lurie Children’s Hospital ‘under an abundance of caution;” the child’s family is currently under quarantine.

The second patient, an adult traveling alone, reported nausea and diarrhea during the separate flight. This patient previously contracted typhoid fever in August. Federal officials reported the adult’s temperature was normal and there was no known risk of exposure to Ebola virus. The adult patient is under evaluation at Rush University Medical Center.

No other information on the patients or their flights was made public.

[Tribune, Sun-Times]