FALSE ALARM: Ebola scare at Hewanorra Airport

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FALSE ALARM: Ebola scare at Hewanorra Airport
Hewanorra International Airport. * SLASPA photo
Hewanorra International Airport. * SLASPA photo

A man of Nigerian ancestry, but who resides in the United Kingdom, was flagged a suspected Ebola victim on a recent British Airways flight that was in transit in Saint Lucia and destined for Trinidad yesterday. However, this proved to be a false alarm.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Merlene Fredericks told Saint Lucia News Online (SNO) today that the information came from Trinidad and Tobago, who alerted officials here that one of its flights had a suspected infected person.

“The individual in question did not disembark, but when he arrived in Trinidad and the health authorities came in, they realised that he was not a case at all. The individual in question had no recent travel history to the any West African country, though he was a native and citizen of one of those countries. He had no symptoms of the disease whatsoever. So it was really a false alarm,” she explained.

However, as a result of this, the Ministry of Health dispatched two health workers from the south to the Hewanorra International Airport to investigate the situation.

After making contact with health authorities in Trinidad, it turned out that it wasn’t something to be worried about.

The investigation was later called off and institutions here were reassured that everything is normal.

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  1. A thousand people have died with the disease and the chances of dying from it is 50% t0 65%. We have to treat this seriously.

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  2. no matter what's their nationality whether white on black, they should be on guard for whoever comes in to the country. i doesn't show on their faces. that person could easily get in seconds travel and symptoms won't show till they land. so don't wait for them to get here to spread and get hot head. start from now

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  3. Until there is an all clear from WHO, St. Lucia, out of precaution, should, as Zambia did, immediately bar people of the impacted countries, namely, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Guinea port entry. The local health system already under stress and strain is ill-equipped to handle any form of an outbrake.

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  4. The Trinidad Express article says "The man was apparently flagged by authorities in London because he was born in Nigeria." That sounds like B.S. to me. Being born in Nigeria cannot be the basis for flagging someone. There are several thousand people living in the UK who were born in Nigeria. Will the "authorities in London" flag them each time they travel?

    Either there is more to this story or someone is trying to cover their a$$ for an embarrassing error.

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  5. Look how hard it is for lucians to go to other countries immigration giving us how much problem. But when is here we accepting everyone. So we does get jammed

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  6. Superb work.
    Now we need to keep an eye also on those Europeans. They're known to be spreading diseases in a covertly manner.

    Remember when they landes in Africa during the Slave trade?
    Remember how they nearly wiped out a complete society?

    As much as we are looking at the Africans (and rightfully so) you would shocked to realise how a European contracted the disease and dumped it on our backs in this island.

    So be vigilant and treat everyone as a suspect.

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  7. The UK officials with all the advanced equipment and technology flagged the man as a possible suspect......Lucian's with nothing gave the all clear and called off the investigations..........we shall hear soon enough.

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  8. The best thing is get the dam health/ hospital ready for the treatment of such. Get vaccines etc. A long time ago u would have gotten that now it's crappy. Use theTiwanese to get vaccines for all for free and medical attention awaiting. Get the country ready

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    • Vaccines?? There are NO vaccines available for Ebola. It cannot be treated as simply, reason why it's spreading out of control. Perhaps you should read about whats going on...

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  9. With international travel now more prevalent than ever, St. Lucia should not let her guard down, and be on high alert. Do not wait for the virus to attack and spread before taking the necessary precautions. Our health care system is already in shambles.
    There are many international schools in St. Lucia at the moment, with persons from as far as Africa. The new school semester is coming up, and we need to be on the alert.

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  10. Check anything coming out of Africa. We don't want Ebola here if we can help it. Better safe than sorry. Remember this is a killer disease with no cure yet.

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  11. What about that dead Guyanaese on the boat a few months ago. What did he have? Why was the boat quarantined.

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    • I keep saying the same thing it was around the same time I started hearing about chikungunya. No other country wanted to accept him, the sick one was in our hospital. It seems that they released the boat because it would take to long to get a new shipment!

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  12. Express TT said that UK authorities flagged the passenger but he was already bound for TT via St.Lucia.

    Awah ee! We are so not ready!

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  13. lUCIANS AS USUAL JUST LIKE A RORO TO BLAME THE AUTHORITIES.THAT SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE ALREADY.

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  14. Hmmmm Thank God this was a false alarm, but supposing it wasn't what would have happened then? Do we have facilities in place to put people in quarantine? Do we have protective gear for our airport workers, nurses, doctors? Just thinking aloud that's all!

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  15. http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/Ebola-scare-at-Piarco-270419451.html?m=y&smobile=y&clmob=y&c=n

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  16. false alarm my foot that guy maybe wasnt showing no symptoms is because he is a black man with nigerian decent they make him a suspect yall check the guys records he never went to those places that have that disease and yall sayin the guy has ebola smh

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