Now that the Ebola virus has made its way to the United States, everyone is on edge and worried that it will spread throughout our country as fast as it has spread in West Africa.
Over 4,000 people have died from Ebola in West Africa this year, and earlier this month Thomas Eric Duncan, who was traveling from Liberia to Texas, brought the virus with him.
Duncan was treated for the virus but unfortunately died. A nurse who was caring for him at the hospital is now sick with the virus and several other people who were in close contact with him are being quarantined and tested for the virus as well.
Many people are afraid that a person sick with Ebola will get on a plane and bring the virus to another part of the United States.
On Monday, a plane traveling from Dubai to Boston was met at Boston’s Logan International Airport by medical crews in full hazmat suits.
Five of the passengers were showing flu-like symptoms, which are also the early symptoms of Ebola.
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Although the flight did not come from West Africa the five passengers were evacuated from the plane and tested for Ebola.
Luckily, none of the sick passengers tested positive for the virus and airport officials are calling the incident a simple scare. Another plane flying from New York to Los Angles had to land at a remote gate when a passenger fell ill during the flight.
According to Yahoo News, the passenger was also tested for Ebola but did not have the virus.
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Airlines are trying to take all of the necessary precautions to make sure that nobody infected with Ebola is flying into the country or infecting other passengers.
The CDC said that new precautions may need to be considered and that there will likely be other Ebola scares in the near future, or until Ebola is no longer a threat to the country.