Child who fell ill on plane to be tested for Ebola

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The conditions of two airplane passengers who were placed in emergency medical care after falling ill Tuesday aboard Chicago-bound flights have improved, according to a statement from the Chicago Ebola Resource Network.

Authorities said both passengers — a man and a child who were aboard separate flights — had recently visited the west African nation of Liberia, where there is an Ebola outbreak.

On Wednesday, officials said the child, who vomited aboard a plane, would be tested for Ebola out of an “abundance of caution.”

“The child patient under evaluation at the University of Chicago Medical Center has shown clinical improvements since arriving last night. The patient maintains a normal temperature and shows no symptoms of Ebola,” officials said in a statement Wednesday. “The adult patient under evaluation at Rush University Medical Center has also shown improvements and has shown no signs or symptoms of Ebola.”

The man, who had been diagnosed with typhoid fever in August, suffered from diarrhea and nausea while he was aboard his flight. He was released from isolation after showing no signs of having Ebola but will stay at Rush University Medical Center for monitoring.

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