Sick Emirates passengers test positive for flu and cold bugs

Pearl Mccarthy
September 7, 2018

The airline said the remaining passengers would disembark shortly after what the mayor's office described as a quarantine.

The rest of the passengers from the two flights were allowed to continue on to their destination, he said, adding that the CDC would provide further information when tests results were confirmed.

Emirates announced Wednesday, September 5, that 10 passengers were taken ill on a 14-hour flight from Dubai to NY, where United States health authorities met the aircraft and ambulances ferried sick people to hospital. "CDC and Philadelphia public health officers worked with EMS and [Customs and Border Protection] officials to evaluate and test the ill passengers for influenza and other respiratory illnesses".

Eric Phillips, a spokesperson for de Blasio, tweeted that the flight stopped in Mecca, which is experiencing a flu outbreak, and "early indications point to that as a possibility". An additional eight people were treated at the airport, he added.

The CDC said in its statement that as many as 100 passengers and crew members reported feeling sick during the flight from Dubai.

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Some sick passengers were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Centre with non- life-threatening conditions, according to a New York City Fire Department spokesman.

Dozens of passengers aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to NY are reportedly being checked by emergency crews after becoming seriously ill.

Numerous healthy passengers described hearing fellow travelers violently coughing during the flight.

He said 521 people were on board and that sick passengers were being triaged on the plane.

The Emirates flight arriving at 9:10 a.m. Wednesday was swarmed by police vehicles and ambulances and immediately quarantined for an assessment by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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