The emergency alert happened at the airport in Perpignan, France, which had just arrived from Oran, Algeria. Passengers were cleared from the plane after it landed just before 2 pm local time. Emergency services then took the child to a hospital to undergo tests. Others on board were all made to disinfect their hands and their details were taken for monitoring. Airport staff was given a warning by the medical authorities in Algeria.
It comes after 100 people were taken ill on an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York. Cholera is an infection of the small intestine – and kills up to 130,000 people every year. There was an outbreak of Cholera in Algeria earlier this year – which killed two people. The infection is highly contagious and can be transferred by contact with infected fecal matter, or contaminated food or water. Cholera can kill within hours if the symptoms are ignored – and was known as the Blue Death during outbreaks in Britain during the 1800s. READ MORE