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Freakout Everybody! Ebola Scare At Columbia SC Airport

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“LOW RISK” NOSEBLEED SPARKS OUTBREAK OF FEAR …

By FITSNEWS || A United Airlines flight from Washington, D.C. has been grounded in Columbia, S.C. due to an Ebola scare.

Yes … you read that right.  There’s a plane on the tarmac at Columbia Metropolitan Airport that was diverted due to a passenger experiencing a nosebleed.

According to an airline spokesman, the passenger is in the process of being removed from the plane as a precautionary measure given that nosebleeds are an advance symptom of the deadly West African virus that has killed 10,000 people worldwide since December 2013.

Great … what could possibly go wrong in this situation?

Everyone around the situation is using the term “low risk,” so … make of that what you will.  But the scare is front page news on all the Midlands, S.C. news outlets.

The Palmetto State’s preparation for the Ebola crisis has been managed by S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and its director Catherine Templeton.  We’ve written a pair of stories on her efforts (HERE and HERE).  Templeton’s agency is reportedly monitoring the situation, as is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) – the agency which vowed to “stop Ebola in its tracks” when the first positive U.S. case was reported in Texas earlier this month.

Yeah … that didn’t so much happen.

The South Carolina Ebola scare comes a day after Craig Spencer, a doctor who recently traveled to West Africa, tested positive for the virus in New York City.

RAPID REACTION

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UPDATE: FALSE ALARM.