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Punta Cana and Public Health clear up false rumor of a passenger with Ebola

An American passenger scared the persons on the aircraft with false information

PUNTA CANA. The director of operations of the International Airport of Punta Cana reported that the rumor concerning a passenger coming from Philadelphia affected by the lethal disease known as Ebola was false.

Walter Zemialkowski, said, however, that it was the passenger himself who announced that he was affected by the disease of the moment, causing the isolation of the aircraft and the intervention of the medical team which ran to the aircraft in hazmat suits.

"I have Ebola, you are all screwed," the bothersome passenger was supposed to have said. Zemialkowski explained that security personnel detained the passenger and took him to the medical health area where he was submitted to a rigorous checkup.

"We delivered the passenger to the airline, which has its policy, but he will be returned to the United States, where he will be submitted to another rigorous check," he noted.

The troublesome passenger came from Philadelphia on an airplane belonging to US Airways, with 290 passengers, who became shocked when they heard the shouts of the man.

Public Health confirms the story

The Ministry of Public Health confirmed that the information that the country had received a person suspected of being infected with the Ebola virus was a false alarm.

"It is absolutely false the information that states that through the Punta Cana Airport a person suspected of being sick with Ebola arrived in our country," said Eduardo Rosario Bourdierd, the communications director for Public Health.

The Ministry spokesman explained that at 2:30 in the afternoon a high ranking officer of the Specialized Corps of Airport Security and an executive from the Punta Cana Airport notified the Director General of Epidemiology that the captain of the US Airways aircraft reported the passenger from Philadelphia.

Rosario Bourdierd revealed that the passenger is an American, 54 years of age, with no history of flying to areas affected by Ebola or contact with any sick persons.