- Associated Press - Thursday, October 16, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Four people on a flight were screened for Ebola in West Virginia after another passenger expressed suspicions one might have the deadly virus based on their conversation.

The four were screened late Wednesday using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention protocols and none was found to pose a health risk, according to Dr. Rahul Gupta, executive director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department.

Gupta said the passenger who expressed fears to the flight crew apparently “misinterpreted” one of the four who mentioned Dallas.

The first U.S. death from Ebola occurred in Dallas and two nurses who provided care for the man have tested positive for the virus.

Gupta says the incident reflects the “realm of fear” surrounding the Ebola outbreak.

The flight was from Atlanta to Charleston.


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