Ebola Scare: Health Worker Quarantined At Newark Airport Develops Fever

A female health worker who has been placed in Ebola quarantine in New Jersey developed a fever within hours of her isolation.

The woman, who has not been named, worked with Doctors Without Borders, and had been in contact with Ebola patients in Sierra Leone.

She arrived into Newark Liberty International Airport on Friday, and was the first airline passenger to face mandatory quarantine, under plans announced by the New Jersey and New York governors only hours before, which called for medical workers who had been in contact with Ebola patients to be subject to tight restrictions. 

WABC reported that the woman was on United Flight 969, which was reportedly isolated on the tarmac.

The health worker is not a New Jersey resident, and was reportedly planning on traveling on to New York. She spent her initial hours of quarantine in the small Quarantine Station operated by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at the airport, according to Donna Leusner, a spokeswoman for the Department of Health, quoted by NJ.com. 

The woman did not report any symptoms at the time of her isolation, but later in the evening developed a fever, according to the New York Times. She is now in isolation in University Hospital in Newark, where her condition is being evaluated.

When announcing New Jersey’s new policy of mandatory quarantine for high-risk persons, Governor Chris Christie said “There is no more ‘voluntary quarantine’ in New Jersey because you can’t count on people to do it.”

NBC News correspondent Nancy Snyderman caused controversy last month, when she was discovered to have broken a voluntary 21-day quarantine, after one of her camera crew contracted Ebola while reporting in West Africa.

New York’s first confirmed Ebola case, Dr. Craig Spencer, had also travelled to West Africa to work with Doctors Without Borders helping to treat Ebola patients.


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