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Minnesota woman’s monkeypox scare quarantines Detroit-Chicago flight

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Lise Sievers. Photo provided by Roger Sievers. Lise Sievers. Photo provided by Roger Sievers.
Lise Sievers. Photo provided by Roger Sievers. Lise Sievers. Photo provided by Roger Sievers.

A Minnesota woman's mysterious rash caused an entire flight from Detroit to Chicago to be quarantined Thursday over fears she may have been carrying monkeypox. After a three-hour delay and evaluation from CDC experts, it was determined Lise Sievers of Red Wing, Minn. was bitten by a bug and was infected with scabies.

The Delta flight from Detroit to Chicago-Midway was quarantined for two hours. The 43 passengers anxiously waited as health investigators from the CDC boarded the commuter plane. Passengers' names were taken as a precaution.

"You're thinking quarantine… it's like something in the movie," passenger Kayla Marie Sander said.

Sievers had just returned from Uganda, where she is adopting two special needs children. Investigators were worried she could have monkeypox -- a viral cousin of smallpox that in Africa kills one to ten percent of the people who get it.

Sievers says she thought everything was handled in a professional manner.

"The CDC, Chicago and Airport police, the Chicago Fire Department all performed their duties in an excellent manner as they researched a rash that appeared on my body on the way home from Uganda, Africa," Sievers wrote on her blog. "This situation reminded me that public servants are out there to protect us, to make sure that those in a dangerous or potentially dangerous situations are cared for in a competent and professional way so as to ensure the safety of all."

Lise Sievers blog: I have what?

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