A Canadian family that flew to France was thrown out of an airplane after passengers complained that their coughing toddler could be infected with the deadly corona virus.
Emmanuel Faug, his wife Clémentine Ferraton and their three children boarded an Air Transit flight from Quebec City to Paris on February 23 for a family celebration.
Their 21-month-old daughter, Lila, was also taken for the trip despite symptoms of a cold and cough.
According to Ouest-France, concerned passengers began to complain to the flight crew that the child could become infected with the corona virus.
A flight attendant approached the couple and asked Ferraton if she could provide a medical document showing that their daughter was not contagious.
Air Transit was kicked back after telling a Canadian family to leave the plane after passengers complained that their coughing toddler might have coronavirus
She assured the flight attendant that the child could travel safely and that it was confirmed by a doctor on the morning of the trip.
However, the couple could not provide a written document about their daughter’s health.
A doctor on board the plane also took time to examine the child and found that Lila’s health was not a problem, but this was not enough.
Reportedly, the commander has sought further advice from Medlink, a company specializing in medical aviation issues, Mirror reports.
Canadian couple Emmanuel Faug (left) and Clémentine Ferraton (right) were told by a doctor that their sick 21-month-old daughter could travel safely, but the crew thought differently
The company advised removing the child because it had no verification.
In a statement, an Air Transit spokesperson said, “After analyzing the situation, MedLink has determined that the medical condition of the passenger posed a significant potential risk to passengers and crew during flight.”
‘She [MedLink] follow the recommendations of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) with regard to infectious diseases’.
The family was asked to leave the plane and escorted from the flight without having the opportunity to talk to an Air Transit customer service representative.
Ferraton told TVA Nouvelles that the Air Transit response was overboard.
“I never thought I was endangering people by taking my child on the plane. I think this is an exaggeration, “she said.
Faug said that on several occasions, while speaking with a chief steward, she referred to the “current context.”
He believes she hinted at the corona virus, COVID-19, and that they were fired to prevent controversy.
“I think that’s where his fears came from. I can understand it in a certain way, but I thought it was a bit exaggerated. I have the impression that she merged and was diligent, “he said.
“I feel like I got kicked out of an airplane to prevent a scandal.”
The couple said they felt they had been escorted from the plane to prevent a corona virus scandal that has infected more than 82,000 people worldwide
Air Transit has since denied that they have kicked off the family because of the increasing panic around the corona virus and that they were just following the protocol.
“The only case where a passenger who shows clear signs of a contagious disease can be accepted on board would be when the passenger provides the correct documentation filled in by a qualified physician,” the company said.
The family has filed a complaint against Air Transit and is requesting compensation for their canceled flight.
Health officials around the world are working to stop the spread of the corona virus that appeared in Hubei Province in Wuhan, China, at the end of December.
From Thursday, coronavirus has infected more than 82,000 people in every continent except Antarctica and killed at least 2,809 people.
Although the majority of deaths occurred in China, at least 11 have been reported in other countries.
There are 60 confirmed coronavirus cases in the US and Canada, including 10 in California and seven in British Columbia
South Korea now has more than 1,700 cases, Italy has 528 cases and Iran has 254 cases.
In the United States, there are 60 confirmed coronavirus cases with no deaths yet.
It was announced on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has appointed Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the coronavirus reaction.
“Mike will work with the professionals, doctors and everyone else who works. The team is brilliant. I’ve spent a lot of time with the team in recent weeks, “Trump said.
“But they are brilliant and we are doing very well and Mike is going to take the lead and Mike will report to me. But he has a certain talent for this, “he added.
Several democratic politicians destroyed Pence’s position, with Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who said he “literally doesn’t believe in science” and Bernie Sander noted that Pence was reportedly trying to “get rid of an HIV epidemic.”
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump (center) appointed vice president Mike Pence (right) to oversee the White House’s response to the corona virus
Democratic politicians such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (left) and Bernie Sanders (right) have criticized the appointment of Pence
In California, the first person to get coronavirus from an unknown source was reported after the CDC took four days to test the patient.
Officials said the patient is being treated at the UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento.
The patient, who is a resident of Solano County, was hospitalized on February 19.
But questions are now being asked about the CDC’s handling of the case after an e-mail from medical center officials revealed to employees that the CDC took four days to test the patient for the fatal disease, despite requests from the CDC staff in the center.
The leaked memo also suggested that the staff of the medical center had been unnecessarily endangered after some were now told to go into seclusion and look for symptoms.
According to the email, the CDC did not test the unidentified patient for coronavirus until 23 February.
According to the internal memo from UC Davis Medical Center, obtained by CBS13, the patient was transferred on February 19 from another hospital in Northern California and was already intubated and put on a ventilator.
Despite requests from the medical center officials to the CDC to test the unknown person, the patient was only tested on Sunday – four days after being admitted to the hospital – because “the patient did not meet the existing CDC criteria for COVID -19, “said the email.
The first person diagnosed with a known source of coronavirus was reported this week in California
The email from David Lubarsky, vice-chancellor of human health services, and Brad Simmons, interim CEO of UC Davis Medical Center, to the staff at the center confirmed that the test had returned positively on Wednesday.
“Upon admission, our team asked public health officials whether this case could be COVID-19. We have requested COVID-19 testing from the CDC, since neither Sacramento County nor (the California Department of Public Health) are currently testing for corona virus. Because the patient did not meet the existing CDC criteria for COVID-19, a test was not delivered immediately, “said the email, adding that” UC Davis Health has no control over the test process. “
The hospital has treated another confirmed case of coronavirus, although the other patient had contracted the disease by traveling after returning from China to the US on February 2.
“This is not the first COVID-19 patient we have treated, and because of the precautions we have taken since this patient’s arrival, we believe there is minimal potential for exposure here at UC Davis Medical Center, said the e-mail.
However, the e-mail stated that some staff members were warned to go into seclusion and stay alert to developing symptoms.
Medical workers wearing protective clothing to stop the spread of a deadly virus that started in the city are walking at the Wuhan Red Cross Hospital in China
“A small number of staff at the medical center have been asked to stay at home and monitor their temperature,” the email said.
The CDC confirmed that the person had not recently returned from abroad and had not been in contact with another confirmed case.
News about the first case where a patient has no known connection to travel abroad or to another known case has raised concerns about how the disease could spread across America.
A CDC statement confirmed the first possible case of “community spread” in the US Wednesday evening.
“The patient’s exposure is currently unknown. It is possible that this is a case of COVID-19 spreading in the community, which would be the first time this happened in the United States. Spread in the community means spreading a disease whose source of infection is unknown, “the statement said.
The CDC did not exclude the possibility that the patient may have been in contact with an infected person who has yet to be diagnosed or linked to the person.
“However, it is also possible that the patient has been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected,” the statement said.
Pictured: US embassy staff walk in a cargo plane chartered by the US Department of Foreign Affairs to evacuate Americans and Canadians from China due to the outbreak of the new corona virus
“This case was discovered through the American public health system – picked up by astute doctors. This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15. “
Officials said they will track the contacts of the infected person to see how they may be infected and whether other people are at risk.
A chief physician at the medical center refuted Trump’s claims that the US was “ready” for an outbreak and sent a clear warning that the local California community was not prepared.
“We don’t have that much data, so we don’t really know how many symptomatic or asymptomatic patients are currently in the community. The testing is very limited. We would like more extensive testing so that we know where this virus is – who is sick and who is at risk, “said Dr. Dean Blumberg, head of pediatric infectious diseases at UC Davis Children’s Hospital, to CBS Sacramento.
Blumberg said that if community transmission is confirmed, there may be many more cases.
“We only have this confirmed case of community transmission, but it suggests that we don’t know where they got it, so the person who exposed it, so there are probably other cases in the community that we don’t know,” Blumberg said.