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Airline tracks down passengers on Ebola flight

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Three flights believed to have carried man with Ebola

United Continental is trying to track down “several hundred” passengers on two of the three flights a Liberian national now hospitalized in Dallas with Ebola had travelled on. This is despite the fact that the United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says there was “zero risk of transmission” of the virus on the flights.

Thomas Eric Duncan flew the first leg of his journey from Monrovia to Brussels on a European airline, presumably Brussels Airlines. He then boarded United Flight 951 and flew from Brussels to Washington Dulles, where he transferred to United Flight 822 to fly to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. The flights took place on September 20.

United says it is giving these customers contact information for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, if they have any questions or concerns. It has also communicated with crews on the flights. The two planes on the flights, a Boeing 777 and an Airbus A320, are back in service after their regular overnight cleaning.

Duncan developed symptoms of the disease on September 24 and is now in isolation in a serious condition.

The Wall Street Journal

[pictured: Ebola virus virion; image courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Public Health]

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