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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Quarantine Ends

MOSCOW -- Passengers who rode in on two railroad cars from Uzbekistan were released after being held in quarantine for two days under armed guard outside Moscow.

Health officials had said the group -- including 21 children -- was exposed to cholera on the Tashkent-Moscow train by a sick passenger who had gotten off in distant Kazakhstan two days and 1,500 miles earlier. However, blood tests done on the group showed no signs of infection, and all 156 were released Sunday.

The travelers from the Uzbek capital were 60 kilometers south of Moscow when authorities stopped the train early Friday morning and unhooked the two cars in which the ailing man had ridden. The passengers were taken from the train and quarantined in a hospital in the town of Lesnoye.