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Air France plane grounded at Madrid airport due to suspected Ebola case

A passenger travelling from Lagos in Nigeria is reported to have a fever and shivers

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Updated 3.32 pm

AN AIR FRANCE plane is being isolated at a Madrid airport after a passenger was reported to have a fever and shivers.

The passenger, who had travelled from Lagos, Nigeria, was taken by ambulance to an unspecified hospital in Madrid but the rest of the passengers were allowed to leave the plane as normal, Air France said in a statement.

The flight, carrying 163 people, arrived in Madrid from Paris, the company said. The plane was taken to a special area of the airport.

A Spanish Health Ministry spokeswoman said authorities were treating it as a suspected Ebola case. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in keeping with the regulations of her office.

Earlier, a Health Ministry official said the condition of the Spanish nursing assistant with Ebola appeared to be improving but a person who came into contact with her before she was hospitalized 6 October has a fever and will be hospitalised and tested for the virus.

Teresa Romero, 44, is in stable condition at Madrid’s Carlos III hospital and the level of Ebola virus in her body was declining, ministry spokesman Fernando Simon said.

In the United States, a hospital in Connecticut have said that they admitted a patient last night who they describe as having Ebola-like symptoms.

Yale-New Haven hospital say they “have not confirmed or ruled out any diagnosis at this point” but are working with local and national health officials.

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