The initially mysterious illness that prompted Emirates Airlines Flight 203 to be quarantined upon its arrival to JFK International Airport in NY earlier this week is likely just a bad case of the flu and cold, according to health officials.
Officials from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were said to be at the scene, with the sick passengers believed to be exhibiting fever-like symptoms. "Nine passengers underwent additional medical screening at the site near the aircraft and were released afterwards", said the spokeswoman for Dubai-based Emirates.
No other flights or airport operations were affected, Gerace added.
Health officials in NY are awaiting the outcome of tests after 10 passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai were taken to hospital. "We will have more information as test results are confirmed".
Ten people were Wednesday, taken to the hospital after a plane carrying sick passengers landed at John F. Kennedy Airport.
In a statement, Emirates confirmed "about 10 passengers" were taken ill, and as a precaution, were attended to by local health authorities.
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"Early indications point to that as a possibility", tweeted Eric Phillips.
A representative from American Airlines told TIME that all passengers deplaned normally, and neither the passengers nor the aircrafts were quarantined. Doctors were conducting respiratory tests on three passengers and seven crew members who were hospitalized with the most severe symptoms.
According to CBS New York, after the plane arrived at Terminal 4, it was met by the Centers for Disease Control and Port Authority police.
The New York Police Department's Counterterrorism Bureau said they were monitoring what appears to be a "medical situation" at the airport.
Barbot said 106 people initially reported feeling sick during the flight but the "vast majority" were found to be free of any illness when screened.
On the other hand, health officials in Houston informed that they were looking into a situation of a person with measles, probably exposing others to the virus during a flight connection at that city's Hobby Airport on August 21 and 22.