Friday, April 27, 2012
Delta Air Lines flight 3163 landed at Chicago Midway yesterday from Detroit just before 3:30p.m. and was quarantined after a passenger who had traveled from Ghana, Africa fell ill.
The flight attendants followed FAA procedures and informed the pilot the passenger was ill and suffering with a rash.
The Centers for Disease Control confirmed to WBBM News Radio that they were investigating a “contagious situation.”
Three and a half hours later at 7:00p.m., the plane was given the all-clear after the passenger was diagnosed with bug bites, not a communicable disease.
A statement from the CDC confirmed the passenger had traveled from Africa and they feared that he may have had monkey pox.
Monkey pox is a zoonotic disease that occurs primarily in remote villages of Central and West Africa where there is more frequent contact with infected animals. Monkey pox is usually transmitted to humans from rodents and primates through contact with the infected animal’s blood.
Human monkey pox can be difficult to clinically distinguish from smallpox. There is no treatment for monkey pox.