Man arriving at Tokyo’s Haneda airport tested for Ebola

Kyodo, Staff Report

A man in his 40s who arrived at Tokyo’s Haneda airport Monday after spending two months in Liberia was found to have a fever, and officials decided to check him for Ebola, the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry said.

The result of the blood test at a Tokyo research facility will be known early Tuesday, the officials said.

The man, reportedly a 45-year-old journalist whose name was not released, was transported to the National Center for Global Health and Medicine in Shinjuku Ward. The blood test was conducted at the National Institute of Infectious Diseases in Tokyo.

According to NHK, the man was in Liberia from August to Oct. 18. He arrived at Haneda via Belgium and Britain, NHK reported.

He was running a fever of 37.8 degrees when he was at Haneda, but he did not report any other health problems. NHK quoted a health ministry source as saying they had no information that he was ever in contact with any Ebola patients in Liberia.

The ministry has been asking all entrants at 30 airports around Japan if they have been in any of the West African countries, such as Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, that have been hit by the recent Ebola outbreak.

In a separate move, Cabinet ministers plan to meet Tuesday morning to discuss possible Ebola-related measures.

  • Gordon Graham

    Shouldn’t they be testing the entire plane?

    • Jeffrey

      Why? Does the article indicate that anyone else had a fever? Does it say that he spent the flight vomiting on the rest of the passengers and crew? You do understand the Ebola is not an airborne disease?

      • Gordon Graham

        I understand that people don’t always wash their hands after using the toilet (especially children). I understand that they serve food and drinks on flights…and that the stewardess that handles your food handles the food and garbage of kids who don’t wash their hands after using a toilet that a possible infected person who has less than perfect hygiene habits has just used…I understand this is a seriously fatal disease.

      • Jeffrey

        Shorter version: No, I don’t understand how one contracts Ebola.

      • Gordon Graham

        Through body fluids such as urine I presume…

    • rossdorn

      Another one of your comments, that might actaully proof to yourself, that you are not quite as clever as you think?

      “Why should I learn anything? I already have an opinion about anything! I already studied Ebola, they had information on an Corn Flakes Box!”

      Yoiu are American, right?

      • Gordon Graham

        The verb you’re trying to use is “prove”. The quote you’re attempting to attribute to me is not mine. And, no, I’m not American.

      • rossdorn

        Yes, you is right. My engklish is embarrassing, no one understand any thing I wrote, sorry!

        Could we use Sanskrit, Japanese, French or German?

      • Gordon Graham

        I’m fine with either French or Japanese si vous preferez…

  • Shepard

    Maybe the should. But unless he pucking on everyone they should all be okay.

  • Enzo G

    his name is Norimitsu Onishi from NY Times – korean decent Japanese canadian.

    • KansaiJoe

      And the relevance of his ethnic heritage being what exactly?

      • Jeffrey

        In other words, he’s not West African.

    • Guest

      Norimitsu Onishi is not Korean. He is often speculated to be by right wingers because he is critical of japan’s government and carries centralist agenda (often associated with koreans).

  • rossdorn

    I just hope the specialists for this are not the same as the ones that worked on the Fukushima problem….

    He was moved from Haneda all the way to Shinjuku. I wonder who was in charge of cleaning the ambulance…

    If that virus “wants” to take over the world, then overcrowded Tokyo would be the best place to start.

    • Jeffrey

      Why? Did emit bodily fluids all over the ambulance?

      My gawd! The comments here would make one think that Fox “News” fans had taken over the JT comments page.

  • Miki

    Actually a fever of 37.8 isn’t that bad. Ebola is way higher than that. The man probably has malaria.