The aircraft has been sanitised and disinfected.
Passengers From Sick Man's Flight Released In Singapore
SINGAPORE (AP)--Visibly weary passengers walked freely out of Singapore airport Sunday after being quarantined for 10 hours in Germany because they had traveled on a flight with a person showing symptoms of a mystery deadly disease that has killed nine people around the world.
The sick passenger, a doctor, was taken off the New York-Singapore flight during a stopover in Frankfurt. Two others accompanying the doctor were also taken off the flight and were being monitored.
The doctor had treated a patient with the disease, which is being described as atypical pneumonia, in Singapore before his trip to New York.
Seventy passengers who were scheduled to disembark in Frankfurt were put in temporary quarantine at the airport before being allowed to go home or to hotels. But they were warned to stay put for several days and given contact numbers in case they suspected they were infected.
About 82 remaining passengers and 20 crew traveled onward to Singapore on another Singapore Airlines Ltd. (P.SAL) plane, company spokesman Rick Clements said after their arrival. About 54 of the passengers were in transit to other destinations after Singapore.
He said he didn't know the nationalities of the passengers on the flight.
The aircraft from New York was flown to Singapore earlier on Sunday to be disinfected, Clements said. The cushions and carpeting from the area where the doctor sat would be destroyed, he added.
A Health Ministry official gave the passengers and crew a briefing telling them to report to a communicable disease center if they show any symptoms of the mystery disease.
"They told us to be very careful over the next few weeks - to pay attention if we get fevers," said passenger Nancy Ward, a 51-year-old aid worker from New York City.
Pramood Nigam, 49, a Singapore-based IT
director said the passengers and crew were detained in a large bare room for 10 hours in Frankfurt, while health workers took samples from some of them.
"I think they took a lot of precautions that's why we're not frustrated that they're doing this - our personal health is involved," he said.
The World Health Organization said it knows of 150 known cases of the flu-like disease. Health authorities worldwide are on alert, including in the U.S.
U.S. doctors say they don't know what causes the illness - even whether it is a bacteria or virus - or how it spreads.
However, Singaporean authorities downplayed its threat, claiming it wasn't an airborne disease and could only be spread through the passage of moisture droplets, such as by coughing
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