By AARON KATERSKY and JOSH MARGOLIN
A United Airlines flight from Brussels was met by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials today at Newark Liberty International Airport after a passenger on board believed to be from Liberia exhibited possible signs of Ebola.
The passenger was traveling with his daughter on United Flight 998 and both were removed from the plane by CDC crew in full hazmat gear.
The passenger suspected of possibly having Ebola was taken to University Hospital in Newark for further evaluation. Upon his arrival, the emergency room there was not accepting any other patients for four hours.
A senior federal official said the passenger was exhibiting “flu-like symptoms.”
According to an official briefed on the situation, preliminary information was that the passenger was vomiting on flight but did not display most of the other symptoms.
“He’s now being treated with protocols as if he has it, but no clear indication at this point that he does,” the official said.
Other passengers remained on the plane while the sick passenger and his daughter were being removed.
After they were off the plane and it was determined he was not contagious, the rest of the passengers were allowed off, a source with knowledge of the situation told ABC News.
United Airlines released a brief statement after the flight arrived.
“Upon arrival at Newark Airport from Brussels, medical professionals instructed that customers and crew of United flight 998 remain on board until they could assist an ill customer,” the statement said. “We are working with authorities and will accommodate our customers as quickly as we can.”