Virgin flight for cruise ship passengers quarantined at Gatwick

“The crews have worked together on scene to assess and treat patients approximately 30 people, most of whom have been able to be discharged from scene with advice. Three patients are being taken to hospital for further checks.”Sussex Police supported the paramedics and a spokesman said: “The aircraft was quarantined as a precaution, and all passengers and crew were escorted to a secure location, where they were checked over by the ambulance service.”A Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said: “A number of customers on board a charter flight from Barbados to London Gatwick this morning reported feeling unwell on board.”The safety and well-being of our customers and crew is always our absolute priority, and local ambulance services attended the aircraft upon landing to provide medical assistance.”We are working closely with London Gatwick Airport and medical teams to offer assistance to customers, and will conduct a full investigation into the circumstances.”A spokesman for Swiss-based cruise line MSC Cruises, which operates MSC Preziosa, said: “We are still investigating what may have caused the illness and we are currently waiting for further updates from Gatwick Airport medical services.”What we do know is that, on MSC Preziosa, no cases of acute gastroenteritis have been reported in the past 14 days.” The passengers are taken to a secure area to be cleared The passengers are taken to a secure area to be clearedCredit:Phill Brown/Twitter Three people have been taken to hospital after a flight reserved for passengers on a cruise ship from Barbados was quarantined when passengers and crew became unwell. All passengers and crew on a Virgin Atlantic flight were put into quarantine after landing at London Gatwick due to widespread sickness on board.It was a charter flight carrying 448 holidaymakers who were returning home after travelling on the cruise ship MSC Preziosa in the Caribbean.They were taken to a reception centre at the West Sussex airport for medical assessment.Passenger Trevor Wilson wrote on Twitter: “The illness seems to have originated on board ship not the plane. Five members of cabin crew became sick on flight.”He added that the sickness was “mainly a bad chesty cough, possibly chest infection”.The Airbus A330 aircraft was met by the emergency services following an eight-hour flight from Barbados, which landed at 5.25am on Wednesday. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. An ambulance service spokesman told The Telegraph: “South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Trust was called to attend an in-bound flight at Gatwick at shortly before 5am today following reports of a number of passengers and crew feeling unwell and nauseous.”We sent ambulance crews including our Hazardous Area Response Teamand a number of other specialist paramedics to the scene. read more

Fire at psychiatric hospital near Moscow kills 38

first_imgTHIRTY-EIGHT PEOPLE, mostly psychiatric patients, were killed in a fire that raged Friday at a psychiatric hospital in the Moscow region, trapping the patients inside behind barred windows.The deadly blaze raised new questions about security standards at Russia’s medical institutions, in particular psychiatric hospitals, after a string of fires in the last years.The fire broke out on the roof and spread rapidly throughout the hospital in the small town of Ramensky around 40 kilometres (25 miles) outside Moscow, the health ministry said.“According to preliminary reports, 38 people were killed, including two medical staff,” said ministry spokesman Oleg Salagai, cited by the RIA Novosti news agency.The emergency situations ministry said in a statement that 41 people were in the building at the time. It listed those missing as two female members of staff and 36 patients.“Twelve bodies have been found” so far, it said as firefighters searched through the rubble after more than 100 battled to extinguish the fire.Russia’s Investigative Committee said in a statement it had opened a criminal probe into failure to observe fire security regulations, causing multiple death.Two patients and one member of medical staff escaped the fire in the one-storey brick building which had a partly wooden roof, the emergency situations ministry said.Emergency services ‘slow to react’Most of the patients apparently died in their sleep from inhaling fumes, but they would have been unable to escape from the fire which raged through the building with bars on the windows, Rossiya 24 television reported, citing law enforcement officials.The patients slept soundly as they had taken medication in the evening, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported, citing a spokesman for the rescue operation.The smoke alarms did activate in the hospital and woke a nurse who managed to save two patients, the rescue operation spokesman said.“When the nurse came out into the corridor, the fire was burning and the flames were spreading quickly. She managed to bring out only two patients: a woman and a young man,” the spokesman said.Channel One television said that the emergency services had been slow to react, with the fire brigade taking an hour to get there.“There were bars on all the windows of the hospital. Most of those killed died in their beds and it appears that they were not even able to save themselves,” a security source told the Interfax news agency.Moscow region governor Andrei Vorobyev, a protege of President Vladimir Putin from the ruling United Russia party, was already at the scene, officials said.The Moscow region announced a day of mourning to be held on Saturday.The fire was the latest tragedy to hit a medical institution in Russia which still suffers from outdated Soviet-era infrastructure.May 2007 two died and 12 injured in a village psychiatric hospital in Russia’s southern Rostov region.In December 2006, a fire in a Moscow drug rehabilitation clinic killed 45 women. Many of the victims were trapped by metal bars on the windows that staff could not open and an emergency exit was boarded up, officials said.In March 2006, a fire in a nursing home in southern Russia killed 63, also due to violations of fire safety regulations and the lack of a nearby firefighting station.- © AFP, 2013Read: Russian spaceship runs into trouble on way to International Space StationRead: 93-year-old Russian army veteran searches for lost WWII French lovelast_img read more