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Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in UAE


By ADAM SCHRECK

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A Nigerian woman who arrived on a flight to the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi and later died in the city may have been infected with the Ebola virus, said health officials.

The health authority in the emirate said in a statement carried by the Emirati state news agency WAM on Sunday evening that the 35-year-old woman was traveling from Nigeria to India for treatment of advanced metastatic cancer.

Her health deteriorated while in transit at Abu Dhabi International Airport and as medics were trying to resuscitate her, they found signs that suggested a possible Ebola virus infection.

Medical staff treating the woman followed safety and precautionary measures in line with World Health Organization guidelines, the statement added.

The woman's husband, who was the only person sitting next to her on the plane, as well as five medics who treated her are being isolated pending test results on the deceased woman. All are in good health and show no symptoms of the illness, according to health officials.

An Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,100 people, mostly in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to WHO figures. Four people have died after contracting the disease in Nigeria, Africa's most populous country.

The Ebola virus is typically transmitted through direct person-to-person contact or through contact with bodily secretions from an infected person. The WHO considers the risk to passengers traveling on a flight with an infected person to be "very low."

Abu Dhabi is the capital and largest of seven sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates. The country has grown into a major long-haul aviation hub. It is home to Dubai-based Emirates, the Middle East's largest airline, and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

Emirates earlier this month became the first carrier to halt flights to Guinea because of concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus there.

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coopdabomb August 18 2014 at 6:41 AM

Time to send in sharpton and jackson in to get things fixed

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vulturesmotto August 18 2014 at 7:06 AM

WHO and CDC keep saying the risk of transmission out of Africa is "very low" yes people keep traveling to other continents with this virus that has up to 95% death rate. A clinic was raided by terrorists yesterday and only bloody sheets and mattresses were taken - to deliberately spread the disease in other countries and continents?? Probably. I hope I am wrong - it would be easy to infect thousands and send a swarm of them across the southern US boarder. (And I did not say anything the terrorists haven't already discussed).

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legacykwst vulturesmotto August 18 2014 at 10:14 AM

Actually the clinic was looted by people from that neighborhood, which you have to understand is desperately poor. To understand the mentality of looters, just look at Ferguson. They take what they can lay hands on, simply to have taken something. The theft of the property, whatever that property may be, is an expression of anger. Unfortunately, they didn't know that the linens carry the virus. Nobody has said how long the virus remains viable on linens, surfaces, etc.

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tpat912 legacykwst August 18 2014 at 1:07 PM

The looters in Freguson are just plain thugs. People in Africa are desperartely poor. They would love to live in the manner of the poorest in Ferguson.

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ducksinarow62 August 18 2014 at 8:03 AM

I'M SICK OF HEARING THAT BUSLOADS IF ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS ARE BEING DISPERSED THROUGHOUT THE USA. I'M SICK OF STRUGGLING TO SUPPORT MY FAMILY BECAUSE I HAVE TO PAY FOR THEIR MEDICAL AND HOUSING COSTS. WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS STOP. CLOSE THE DAM BORDERS. I CANT BELIEVE OUR CITIZENS AND GUARDS DOWN THERE ARE NOT TAKING A STANCE AGAINST THIS WHEN THEY KNOW WHATS AT RISK. I KNOW THEY NEED THEIR JOBS BUT COME ON. MAYBE WE NEED TO SEND OUR VETS DOWN THERE, THEY'VE FOUGHT FOR OUR COUNTRY SO THEY'LL KNOW WHAT TO DO TO PROTECT IT. HOMELAND SEC SHOULD PUT OUT THE NOTICE THAT INFORMS PEOPLE THAT OUR BORDERS ARE CLOSING AND IF THEY WANT TO COME HOME DO SO. OTHERWISE CLOSE THE DAM BORDERS, TURN EVERYONE AWAY, AND PROTECT AND DEFEND THE PEOPLE OF USA. THATS WHAT YOU AGREED TO WHEN YOU WERE ELECTED. STAND UP AND BE HONORABLE.

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jcollina August 18 2014 at 6:17 AM

Yes, this is how plagues begin. Time for the W.H.O. to bite the bullet and quarantine the infected countries. Duh.

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Denny August 18 2014 at 7:32 AM

Soon everybody will be at risk if these bastard politicians do not contain this ......NOW!

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silkroadg Denny August 18 2014 at 11:02 AM

http://www.latimes.com/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19-story.html

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ducksinarow62 August 18 2014 at 7:27 AM

WHY ARENT THESE COUNTRIES CLOSING THEIR BORDERS UNTIL THEY CANT GERT A HANDLE ON THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS. HOW INCREDIBLY NAIVE THEY ARE TO THINK IT CANT HAPPEN TO THEM. LOOK AT THE USA. OUR GOVERNMENT WONT SECURE THE MEXICAN BORDER OR ANY OF OUR BORDERS WHERE ANY TOM, DICK, OR HARRY CAN ENTER WITHOUT ANY TYPE OF INSPECTION. WAKE UP AMERICAN, THE TIME HAS COME FOR YOU TO TAKE STOCK OF YOUR INVENTORIES AND GET READY TO DEFEND YOUR FAMILIES. IF OUTBREAK HAPPENS IN US, MARTIAL LAW WILL BE IMPOSED. THEY'LL COME FOR YOUR GUNS, FOOD, AND ANYTHING ELSE THEY WANT ALL IN THE NAME OF THE COMMON GOOD. GOD BLESS US ALL.

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whinykid11 August 18 2014 at 7:48 AM

Not good. Why are the infected flying all over the world? Stupid!

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kcarthey whinykid11 August 18 2014 at 8:37 AM

Given the fact that she was sick with cancer and not feeling well in the first place it is highly doubtful she knew she had ebola. How do you feel this morning? Are you totally up to par? Are you coming down with the flu or was it what you had to drink last night? My point is that too often we have serious problems but check it off to something simple.

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dwtomczyk August 18 2014 at 7:05 AM

an nigerian woman dies of ebola in an arab nation & the usa is safe? that reporter should be a rocket scientist.

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Linda dwtomczyk August 18 2014 at 9:23 AM

She was "SUSPECTED " of having the virus.
SUSPECTED. This was not a healthy woman. They don't know for sure yet.

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silkroadg dwtomczyk August 18 2014 at 11:04 AM

http://www.latimes.com/la-oe-ehrenstein19mar19-story.html

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kcarthey August 18 2014 at 9:54 AM

All this panic and no one is even sure she had ebola. Look at the words used in the story...suspected, may have...possible. Given that symptoms resemble those of other illnesses and she was very ill to begin with she may not have had ebola. Yet still the panic sets in. At this point I'm more concerned about being trampled to death by paniced crowd than getting ebola.

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trudycranfo August 18 2014 at 10:42 AM

Why was not everyone on the plane not but under watch and quarantined? That would make more sense to keep a deadly thing from spreading. It's like the governments are wanting this outbreak to spread.

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rgkarasiewicz trudycranfo August 18 2014 at 11:53 AM

The CDC had little or no experience with the Ebola virus, and it just assumed that this was just another contagious disease (among many) that could be contained. That was where they were wrong, and was exactly why that contagion should have remained isolated in Africa.

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Ripper trudycranfo August 18 2014 at 1:19 PM

Luckily at the moment it is still transmitted by touch and the only people who had been in contact with her was her husband and the medics on the plane. Now if it does mutate to a new strain and goes airbourne then we should worry.

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chipvegas Ripper August 18 2014 at 3:17 PM

Ripper,at that point in time it's too late. Studies have been done for years, well documented and dibursed to local emergency management departments about how fast this would spread. Once it hits europe, studies show it being in US within weeks. Spreads accross the country in less than that.

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