BOSTON (WWLP) – Ambulances and first responders met a plane at Logan International Airport, Monday afternoon, after someone on board complained of illness from an unknown cause.
Our NBC Affiliate, WHDH is reporting now that the five people with flu-like symptoms removed from the plane do not have meet the criteria for Ebola or MERS. The Boston Public Health Commission confirmed the diagnosis Monday night.
“After discussions with our partner hospitals Boston Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital, the Boston Public Health Commission’s Infectious Disease Bureau has determined that the patients who arrived on United Emirates Flight #237 at Logan International Airport do not meet the criteria for any infections of public health concern, including Ebola, meningococcal infection, or MERS.” – BPHC.
The five passengers were taken to Boston hospitals around 4:30 p.m. The plane was stopped at the terminal for several hours before the passengers were removed.
Several of the passengers that felt sick were flying home from Dubai. According to WHDH, family members said many on the plane are returning from a religious trip to Saudi Arabia and have no connection to West Africa.
Earlier Monday, Boston’s top health official said the city has seen three to four possible cases of Ebola since the latest outbreak began ravaging West Africa but no confirmed cases.