Ebola scare at Gatwick: Fears disease may reach Britain grow after passenger died
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 - 14:28
Fears that Ebola may reach Britain intensified last night after a passenger from a flight which stopped in Sierra Leone died at Gatwick airport.
The 72-year-old woman became ill and collapsed after she left a Gambia Bird jet arriving from the West African country.
A total of 826 people have died in Africa as a result of an outbreak of the deadly virus which began in February - 256 of these lived in Sierra Leone.
The plane, which had 128 passengers on board, was quarantined as officials traced those who had been in contact with the woman.
An airport worker told the Daily Mirror: ‘We’ve all seen how many people have died from Ebola, especially in Sierra Leone, and it’s terrifying. The woman was sweating buckets and vomiting.
‘Paramedics arrived to try to help her. The next thing everybody was there… emergency crews, airfield operations, even immigration.
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