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Ebola terror in the UK as passenger collapses and dies getting off Sierra Leone flight

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Airport staff tonight told of their fears of an Ebola outbreak after a passenger from Sierra Leone collapsed and died as she got off a plane at Gatwick.

Workers said they were terrified the virus could spread globally through the busy international hub from the West African country which is in the grip of the deadly epidemic.

The woman, said to be 72, became ill on the gangway after she left a Gambia Bird jet with 128 passengers on board. She died in hospital on Saturday.

Ebola has killed 256 people in Sierra Leone. A total of 826 have died in West Africa since the outbreak began in February. Tests were carried out to see if the woman had disease.

The plane was quarantined as ­officials desperately tried to trace everyone who had been in contact with the woman.

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  • MichaelfromTheEconomicCollapse

    Whoa – this story really kind of shook me up when I first came across it.

  • Scott

    I can’t help but feel with the increase of globalization and interconnectedness over the past few decades, that there is no safe country from this pandemic.

  • guest

    this is getting out of hand quickly

  • jim_robert

    Question: Granting that every life has inestimable value before God, and not belittling any loss of life, the fact is that in an area of the world with hundreds of *millions* of people, a large percentage of whom have less than optimal knowledge of sanitation and disease transmission, little by was of hospital facilities, etc. etc. etc., “only” 800 some odd people have died. I wonder if this is not *relative* good news. Comments, anyone?