x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 29 July 2017

Dubai air passenger dies from rare virus in London hospital

A passenger who flew from Dubai to Glasgow while battling a rare, infectious disease died yesterday in a London hospital.

A passenger who flew from Dubai to the United Kingdom last week while suffering from a rare infectious disease died yesterday in a London hospital.

The 38-year-old man had travelled from Kabul in Afghanistan, via the emirate, to his home in Scotland.

Within hours of arriving in Glasgow last Tuesday afternoon he was admitted to hospital with Crimean Congo viral haemorrhagic fever.

By Friday the man was in a critical condition, and was airlifted to the high-security infectious disease unit at the Royal Free hospital in London, where he died yesterday.

Health authorities in the UK have sought to calm fears that the tick-borne virus could have spread to other passengers on the Emirates flight from Dubai to Glasgow. "Crimean Congo viral haemorrhagic fever can be acquired from an infected patient only through direct contact with their blood or body fluids and therefore there is no risk to the general public," a spokeswoman said.

Three passengers seated near the victim on the plane have been tested and showed no symptoms of the disease.

rtalwar@thenational.ae