KLM passengers in cholera scare

23rd May 2005, Comments 0 comments

23 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Dutch airline KLM has warned 237 passengers to undergo medical tests due to the slight chance they have been infected with cholera.

23 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Dutch airline KLM has warned 237 passengers to undergo medical tests due to the slight chance they have been infected with cholera.

The passengers were on a flight from New Delhi to Amsterdam on Sunday. A boy on the plane was found to have developed symptoms of cholera.

A KLM spokesman said the boy was taken to the VU hospital in Amsterdam after consultations between his family and Dutch medical authority GGD.

"The GGD has assured us that the chance of infection among other passengers is minimal, but we want to be on the safe side," the spokesman said.

All the passengers and the 12 crew members have been advised to undergo tests with their doctor to ensure they are not infected with cholera.

A large number of the KLM passengers transferred at Amsterdam and flew on to destinations in the US with partner airline NorthWest. That airline has taken the same measures as KLM.

The Dutch airline said there was no reason to intensify health checks for flights from India. "This is incidental and an individual case," the spokesman said.

Cholera is an infectious disease of the small intestine, caused by the bacterium Vibrio cholera. It is characterised by profuse watery diarrhoea, vomiting, muscle cramps and severe dehydration.

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