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US airline stocks take beating from Ebola fears

Some carriers suspend flights to West Africa, and demand for flights there has slid

Nisha Ramchandani
Published Thu, Oct 16, 2014 · 09:50 PM

Singapore

JITTERS intensified after news broke of another Ebola patient in the US, who had boarded a domestic flight a day before being diagnosed with the virus.

US airline stocks took a beating on Wednesday on the back of concerns that demand for air travel would fall; fears of Ebola spreading contributed to weakness in the global markets, already depressed by disappointing retail data out of the US.

The latest Ebola patient in the US is Amber Vinson, a nurse from Texas who contracted the illness from having attended to Liberia native Thomas Duncan, the first patient to be diagnosed with the virus in the US. Mr Thomas died last week in Dallas.

Nina Pham, the first nurse to contract Ebo…

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