Nigerians suspected of having Ebola leave Turkey

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- Nigerian Stella Omorowa and her four-year-old child, who were put under medical supervision at Istanbul Ataturk Airport on suspicions that they have the Ebola virus, left Turkey on Thursday morning.

A female passenger and her child were removed from a Turkish Airlines (THY) flight traveling from Lagos, Nigeria to Istanbul on Tuesday morning and placed under medical supervision after they showed symptoms of fever and vomiting. The passengers were escorted off the plane by medical teams from the Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas and were transferred to a nearby hospital via ambulance. The medical teams suspected the two passengers were carrying the Ebola virus.

However, medical examinations conducted on the two have shown that the passengers were in fact suffering from malaria.

Officials from Turkey’s Health Ministry announced on Wedensday that Omorowa, who was complaining of a high fever and vomiting after landing at the airport, was diagnosed with malaria.

Turkish Airlines personnel escorted Omorowa and her child to Istanbul Ataturk Airport and put them on a plane flying to Barcelona on Thursday morning. Before boarding the plane, Omorowa said that she will return to Turkey to visit Istanbul one day.

On the Ebola scare, Omorowa said: “I tried to explain that I [wasn’t] carry[ing the] Ebola virus and finally it was revealed that we [were] diagnosed with malaria. Now, we are going to fly to Barcelona. I am happy to hear that I and my child don’t carry the virus.”

Aykut Yener Kavak, the chief physician of the Directorate General of Health for Border and Coastal Areas’ Ataturk Airport office, said the patients have a report from the hospital that shows there is no problem preventing them from flying.

Concerns that the passengers had Ebola were heightened due to an Ebola outbreak that was first reported in February in Guinea, followed by its appearance in Liberia and Sierra Leone. More than 900 people have died, with the death toll rising daily. With the deaths in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria, the total number of deaths has reached 826 out of the 1,440 incidents of infection since June 30, according to the latest data issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), which recently declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

Ebola has a fatality rate of up to 90 percent, and there is no vaccine or known cure. The virus initially causes fever, headaches, muscle pain, headaches, sore throats, conjunctivitis and a general feeling of weakness, before moving into more severe phases of vomiting, diarrhea and hemorrhages and impaired kidney and liver function, with the final stages resulting in internal and external bleeding. Ebola is thought to only be transmitted when patients are displaying severe symptoms. (CihanToday’s zaman)