Posts Tagged ‘monkeypox’


[ABC News] Reports of a passenger’s unusual skin rash on a Delta flight led health officials temporarily to prevent passengers from leaving the plane after it landed until they confirmed it was not an infectious disease.

A Delta flight was under quarantine at Chicago Midway Airport, April 26, 2012. Police and paramedics surrounded the plane on the tarmac. (ABC News)

A Delta flight was under quarantine at Chicago Midway Airport, April 26, 2012. Police and paramedics surrounded the plane on the tarmac. (ABC News)

The news of a quarantine of flight 3163 from Detroit followed reports of an ill passenger, according to ABC News station WLS in Chicago.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had initially contacted Delta and asked it to hold the plane, according to a statement from the airline.

The CDC issued a statement to ABC News Thursday evening in which it said it took action based on concerns that the rash indicated something worse.

“CDC received a report earlier this evening of a passenger on a plane at Midway Airport who had a rash,” the statement reads. “Since the passenger had been in Africa, a family member had reported concerns that the rash might be monkeypox.”

According to the CDC, monkeypox is a rare viral disease that occurs mostly in central and western Africa.  The signs and symptoms of monkeypox are like those of smallpox, but usually…..

Reaad the full ABC News story here….


By  (@kimcarollo)
and  (@DanChildsABC)

April 26, 2012

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