Cholera fear sees 136 passengers held on board flight in France
Fears of a highly infectious disease on a flight from Algeria saw authorities in Perpignan, France prevent passengers from disembarking the aircraft after a child displayed symptoms of cholera. Wednesday’s ASL Airlines flight was surrounded by emergency medical experts within minutes of landing in France after a call was put out to ground staff about a passenger suffering from cholera. Flight F-GZTA had just completed its journey from Oran.Cholera, a severe diarrhoeal infection, is transmitted through consumption of contaminated food and water, according to the World Health Organization. The disease can be fatal within hours if not treated, and can spread person-to-person via infected fecal matter.According to French authorities, 136 passengers were on board at the time, with the suspected case of cholera said to involve a French child. The passengers and crew were reportedly ordered to stay on the aircraft while the 8-year-old was transferred to hospital. All passengers had to apply hand sanitizer before being allowed into the airport. They also had to fill out a traceability sheet, according to L’Independant. Source
A passenger plane had been quarantined in an airport in Perpignan, France, on suspicion of a cholera infection on board.
The plane with 141 people onboard, including five children, had been blocked since 1:50 p.m. local time after it had arrived from Algeria. According to preliminary data, upon arrival, a crew member signaled that one of the passengers, reportedly a child, was ill. The authorities immediately took the child and his mother into the airport for treatment. The other passengers were asked to disinfect their hands.Cholera is a highly contagious infection that can be transferred by contact with contaminated food or water. Earlier in the day, an Emirates flight, carrying some 100 passengers, was quarantined in New York after the passengers on board started feeling sick. According to law enforcement sources, between seven to 10 people on board were taken to hospital.Source