Source:nbcnewyork.com - There is no indication the Liberian national who landed at Newark Liberty Airport on a flight from Brussels has Ebola, officials said Wednesday.
The passenger, who was taken to a hospital to be evaluated after showing signs of a fever, has not shown symptoms consistent with Ebola, Gov. Chris Christie said at a briefing where he signed an executive order to create an Ebola response team to coordinate preparedness in the state.
The man had traveled from Liberia to Brussels before flying into Newark on United Airlines Flight 998 just before 1 p.m., Tuesday, officials said. He waited in line with other passengers at the customs check-in, and then was singled out for a health screening by agents because of his recent travel history, sources familiar with the screening said.
That's when officers discovered he had a fever. The passenger was transported to University Hospital, which has a contract with the Port Authority to take all of Newark Airport's medical cases.
Two sources briefed on the treatment of the patient had said he was being evaluated "as if he has Ebola" out of an abundance of caution. The patient was put in isolation and posed no risk.
Christie said he expected the patient would be released from the hospital after he is interviewed by officials with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC confirmed Wednesday the man did not have Ebola.
Meanwhile, Christie urged calm as the state prepared for potential cases.
"We are not going to be in the business of stoking hysteria'' with the public," Christie said.
A CDC spokeswoman confirmed in a statement Tuesday that the passenger had been identified "during the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea."
Newark is one of five airports nationwide that have been conducting health checks on passengers whose trips began in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, where Ebola has been spreading quickly, killing over 4,500 people over the past 10 months.
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