The Icelandic Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management received a notice at 13:13 pm today that an airplane had made a non-scheduled landing at Keflavík International Airport because a person was ill onboard, possibly infected with Ebola.
The airplane was parked in a closed-off area. An Icelandic physician, who boarded the plane and examined the patient, has since confirmed that the man’s symptoms do not correspond with Ebola infection, as stated in a press release.
Upon receiving the notice, the Ebola preparedness action plan was activated. The chief epidemiologist was alerted, as well as the Landspítali National University Hospital, Suðurnes Healthcare Center and the Civil Protection Department’s Crisis Coordination Center.
The airplane was of a foreign airline and was not coming from one of the three countries, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, currently suffering an Ebola outbreak. The patient came from South Africa.
A special team at Landspítali, currently comprising of eight doctors, 18 nurses and two practical nurses, has been given special training and has been preparing to treat Ebola-infected patients since June. Further staff members will also be trained so that they can join the team.
Doctors in Iceland are currently on strike but emergency cases will be treated.