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Passenger on Las Vegas quarantined flight ‘doesn’t meet Ebola criteria’

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Posted at 2:15 PM, Oct 10, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-10 16:24:34-04

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas flight from New York was locked down for about two hours Friday as a precaution after a passenger got sick and ignited Ebola fears.

Officials are now saying the passenger “doesn’t meet Ebola criteria.”

According to KSNV, a Delta flight from New York’s JFK Airport landed at McCarran International Airport just before noon MT.

Authorities reported at least one passenger who had recently traveled to Africa became ill, vomited on the plane and the flight was quarantined.

“Clark County Fire Department, the Centers for Disease Control and the Southern Nevada Health District have responded,” McCarran spokeswoman Christine Crews told KSNV. “After a thorough assessment, it has been determined that the affected passenger does not meet the criteria for Ebola.”

Emergency and medical vehicles surrounded the plane and a nearby hospital was put on alert to expect possible patients, just in case.

Passengers were released after the investigation and were told no follow up was required; the sick passengers didn’t have the infectious disease.