By Keith Laing - 08/06/14 10:32 AM EDT
An Etihad Airways flight was held at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport on Tuesday because officials feared a passenger on board was suffering from the Ebola virus, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The flight, which was arriving from the United Arab Emirates, was held until the passenger was cleared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The agency is already treating two U.S. citizens who have been diagnosed with Ebola after an outbreak in West Africa.
The transporting of the patients back to the U.S. has raised fears about the domestic spread of the deadly virus, which is transmitted through bodily fluids.
U.S. officials have given airlines permission to deny boarding to passengers who are exhibiting common symptoms of Ebola. The CDC has also told airlines to separate passengers who become sick during flights from other passengers as a precaution against the virus.
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 900 lives in recent weeks.
The Obama administration is hosting a U.S-Africa summit in Washington, D.C., this week that will bring dozens of officials to the nation’s capitol. The event has sparked worries about the Ebola virus spreading further in the U.S.