Scene of panic in Perpignan on Wednesday. According to the information of the fire brigade, about 150 passengers a flight between Oran and Perpignan have been retained on board for over an hour due to a suspicion of cholera on a child. The firefighters and the prefecture of the Pyrenees-Orientales have told the Agency France-Presse that a ” child is likely to be a carrier of cholera and was evacuated to the hospital for check-ups “, just like his mother and his relatives. “Levies will be made on the child to verify” if he is a carrier of the cholera. After having been retained on board, the 147 other passengers and crew members were evacuated from the aircraft and allowed to leave the airport.
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Framed by the firefighters, they left the aircraft after a “sanitizer” and a making inquiries on their addresses and identities in order to follow the evolution of their state of health, if the case of cholera was confirmed, according to the prefecture. The plane, of the company ASL Airlines, landed around 13: 45 on the tarmac in Perpignan. The fire brigade and the rescue services were alerted by a telephone call to the fire brigade of the airport. However, a Wednesday at the end of the day, the authorities are proven to be reassuring, after the analysis of the first samples taken on the sick child.
Epidemic controlled in Algeria
“After analysis on biological samples, the risk of cholera has been ruled out,” said the prefecture of the Pyrénées-Orientales, in a brief statement. Samples of stools had been made in a child of 8 years old, of French nationality, according to the Pasteur Institute. These samples will be cultured by the national reference Centre (CNR) of the cholera in France, at the Institut Pasteur, in order to definitively confirm the removal of the suspicion. “You think you receive tomorrow (Thursday) the levies “, which had indicated in the afternoon to the Agency France-Press Marie-Laure Quilici, the manager of the CNR. “We can have the results on average in 2 to 3 days, but it may be faster if we isolate the bacteria right away, and sometimes a little bit longer “, she added.
An outbreak of cholera has killed two people in Algeria since its onset on August 7th. She is ” under control “, said Tuesday the minister of Health, Mokhtar Hasbellaoui. Cholera is an acute diarrhoeal infection caused by ingestion of contaminated food or water. It is easy to treat with rehydration, in particular, but can kill within hours without treatment.