Ten passengers taken ill on Dubai-New York flight

Kenny Tucker
September 7, 2018

Ten people who were rushed to hospital Wednesday after a jetliner from Dubai was quarantined in NY appear to have the flu, according to preliminary tests.

Health authorities said they were exercising "an abundance of caution" at Philadelphia's airport following the NY scare.

The people on board were greeted by dozens of ambulances and other emergency vehicles, with medical staff ready to assess the situation. "Apparently there is over 100 people sick on the bottom floor, so happy I'm up top.it's a double-decker plane 380".

It comes one day after an Emirates Airlines plane was held at the John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City when a number of passengers fell ill. He said, "The plane's been quarantined and the CDC is on the scene".

Emirates flight 203, a double-deck Airbus A388 carrying about 500 passengers, landed shortly after 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT), according to the reports. Another nine refused medical attention.

The airline and the New York City mayor's office said 19 people were confirmed ill.

The airline reportedly told USA authorities that food poisoning is likely to blame for the incident.

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Coben then added that passengers still on the plane were being asked to fill out a form from the CDC that was titled "Passenger Locator Information Page".

A NY police counterterrorism division tweeted it appeared to be a "medical situation".

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported earlier that approximately 100 travellers and crew members complained of illness, including cough and fever during the flight.

This story has been corrected to delete a reference to an erroneous tweet from the mayor's spokesman saying the flight stopped in Mecca.

He said that some of the passengers had originally come from the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, which was now experiencing a flu outbreak, and that the passengers' symptoms were "pointing to the flu".

Passengers experienced flu-like symptoms after arriving via American Airlines flights from Paris, France and Munich, Germany, ABC6 reported.

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