Ebola ruled out as cause of air traveler's illness

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Federal health officials say Ebola has been ruled out as the cause of illness for a man who had traveled in West Africa and became sick on a flight from Brussels to the U.S.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a health officer met United Airlines Flight 998 when it landed Saturday afternoon at Newark Liberty International Airport. The CDC says a full evaluation of the man at a local hospital showed "no evidence or concern for Ebola" and he was discharged "feeling well."

State health officials say the man's symptoms were consistent with a minor, treatable illness.

Port Authority spokeswoman Erica Dumas says the man began throwing up during the flight. Authorities say the plane's crew and roughly 250 passengers stayed onboard while officials tended to him.