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12:12, 06 September 2018

Passengers get sick on Dubai-New York flight, plane quarantined

AKIPRESS.COM - Nineteen people have been taken ill after an Emirates airline plane landed in New York, BBCreports citing officials.

The plane was quarantined at JFK airport as those on board were checked by health officials. Eleven went to hospital but others declined treatment.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that initially about 100 people including some crew had complained of illness.

Flight 203 from Dubai landed at 09:10 (13.10 GMT) with 521 passengers.

Emergency vehicles were seen on the runway as it landed.

Singer Vanilla Ice, who also said he was on the plane, posted video of the emergency response on the tarmac.

In a statement, the CDC said: "Approximately 100 passengers, including some crew on the flight, complained of illness including cough, fever, and symptoms of gastrointestinal illness.

It said that after completing health evaluations on everyone on board, 538 passengers had been released and 11 people were taken to a local hospital for care.

"Passengers who have been evaluated and released [should] call their provider and health department if they develop any symptoms," the health body advised.


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