Gatwick at centre of Ebola scare

Gatwick Airport was at the centre of an Ebola scare at the weekend after an elderly passenger was taken ill on board a flight from Sierra Leone to Gatwick and later died in hospital.

Tests confirmed that the lady did not have Ebola and Gatwick has issued the following statement:

“We can confirm that a passenger on board a Gambia Bird flight on Saturday 2 August became unwell after disembarking the aircraft, was treated by experienced medical airport staff at the scene but sadly later died at East Surrey Hospital.

“Given the origin of the flight, the hospital carried out tests for Ebola and other infectious diseases as a precaution. The tests came back negative.

“As a precaution, the aircraft was isolated, as were relevant airline and airport staff. At every stage, we took advice from Public Health England, which cleared the aircraft for its return journey.”

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