- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A West African man who landed late Tuesday at Newark Liberty International Airport is no longer showing symptoms of Ebola after he was monitored overnight at an area hospital, according to New Jersey media.

NJ.com reports the Liberian man had been singled out because he exhibited a fever.

“During the enhanced screening process for individuals arriving to the United States from Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, an individual was identified as reporting symptoms or having a potential exposure to Ebola,” Carol Crawford, a spokeswoman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told NJ.com in a statement.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday the man is “asymptomatic” and doing well.

“There’s no indication at this point that he’s been infected with the virus,” the Republican said, according to nj.com.

The patient’s presence at University Hospital caused lockdown-type conditions and prompted at least one woman to cancel her appointment at the facility.

Newark Liberty is among five airports where screeners are checking passengers from the West African nations steeped in the Ebola epidemic.

Thirty-seven passengers had been screened at Newark as of Monday, and 562 people at all five airports combined.

Homeland Security Department announced Tuesday that it will force travelers from affected nations to enter the U.S. through those five airports where federal officials are prepared to screen them for the disease.

The restrictions funnel travelers to Newark, New York’s John F. Kennedy, Virginia’s Dulles, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson, Chicago’s O’Hare international airports.


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