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Suspected Ebola case aboard plane in Madrid

The unidentified man was hospitalized after the plane landed.

By Ed Adamczyk
Suspected Ebola case aboard plane in Madrid
An Air France Airbus A321, similar to the plane grounded in Madrid (CC/ Aero Icarus)

MADRID, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Concerns over a shivering passenger with a fever, the symptoms of the Ebola virus, caused an Air France plane to be grounded in Madrid Thursday.

The plane, arriving from Paris, was isolated at Madrid's Barajas International Airport. The ill passenger, an unidentified man, was then taken to Carlos III Hospital in Madrid, where nurse and Ebola patient Teresa Romero is being treated.

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On board were 156 passengers and seven crew members, who stayed aboard the plane; an Air France spokeswoman said they disembarked the plane in the normal manner. The plane was isolated at the airport for disinfection.

A joint statement from Air France and Aena, the airport operator, said the passenger traveled on the plane from Lagos, Nigeria, to Paris and then to Madrid. Spain's state-owned radio and television corporation, reported the man is of Nigerian origin.

A Spanish Health Ministry spokeswoman said the matter was being treated as a suspected Ebola case.

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