Medical workers at University Hospital in Newark have isolated a sick passenger who landed at Newark Liberty Airport from Brussels and are evaluating him "as if he has Ebola" out of extreme caution, sources tell NBC 4 New York.The man, a Liberian national, 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, according to the sources. It's not clear if he was exhibiting any other symptoms of illness.
1) So, what are the odds? 150 passengers per day, 5 airports, on the very first day of enhanced screening protocols, and they already have a hot one?
WHO KNEW?? (Oh that would still be "Everyone but the CDC and the rest of the Government.)
Anybody want to speculate how many of the 150/day (3600 or so since September 28th, when Duncan was diagnosed here) might have already gotten here?
Crickets. I hear crickets...
2) But wait! There's more!
Two people who arrived at O'Hare International Airport from Liberia have been placed under observation at Chicago hospitals, under the city's procedures for handling Ebola, after they fell ill during their flights, officials said.Health officials stressed that "at this time there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola and there is no threat to the general public."In fact, the officials said they decided against testing the two for Ebola after initial medical evaluations but did send them to Lurie Children's Hospital and Rush University Medical Center for observation. They are being kept in isolation.
The two hospitals are among four in Chicago that have agreed to take Ebola patients from other hospitals and health care providers should any cases appear in the area. The others are Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the University of Chicago Medical Center.
How convenient that the two (one adult, and one child) are already at two of the four hospitals that "agreed" to take Ebola patients after "consultation" with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel. It's Chicago, so I'm sure it's purely coincidental, and that all such helpfully recent consultations between Mayor Deadfish and the hospital officials involved were entirely courteous and cordial.
No word on how these three somehow escaped the ace passenger screeners in Liberia.