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.