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Passenger dies on United Airlines flight to Houston: Ebola infection suspected?

A passenger dies on United Airlines Flight 95 to Houston Tuesday, and it adds to the growing pessimism and global fears of flying due to a rising number of deaths and infections from an Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa.

The Economy class with LED cabin lighting is seen on the United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner
The Economy class with LED cabin lighting is seen on the United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

According to an August 5 KENS5 news report, an unidentified man aboard a Denver to Houston commercial flight suddenly collapsed in the aisle of the United Airlines aircraft. Despite CPR being performed, the man died as passengers looked on. Two hours later, the plane landed and authorities raced in to begin their investigation.

Watch above : "Airline Passenger Sits Next to Dead Man During 10-Hour Flight"

At this time, police are not reporting foul play. But given the current climate, investigators will do an exhaustive autopsy for a cause of death and attempt to rule out infection of the deadly strain. The Harris County Medical Examiner's office is handling the death of the passenger who succumbed aboard the United Airlines flight.

Days ago, a 72-year-old woman died at London Gatwick Airport and 128 passengers aboard began to panic over another Ebola scare. Sources say the flier, who traveled from Sierra Leone, showed outward signs of a viral infection: vomiting and sweating.

When the plane landed, police, immigration officials, and medics responded, but it was too late; the passenger died a short time later. The good news is that tests were negative for the deadly virus. According to the World Health Organization (or WHO), nearly 1,000 people have died from the viral infection since the recent outbreak.

Fliers were in the same aircraft for two hours with the passenger who passed away aboard the Houston-bound United Airlines flight. Arguably, that's unsettling, but these types of incidents occur more frequently than many would believe.

Flight attendants are specially-trained to perform basic life-support, and in many cases, their efforts have been successful until the plane lands. In such cases, a person is suffering from motion-sickness or has some other minor emergency.

Sadly, in a number of these cases, as with the passenger who died on the United Airlines flight to Houston, all efforts to revive a person are in vain.

Stay tuned for more on this developing story.