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100 passengers taken ill on Emirates flight to New York

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Reuters


New York: As many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling ill on Wednesday during an Emirates flight from Dubai to New York, and health workers were evaluating them as the airplane sat on the tarmac of JFK International Airport, authorities said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that about 100 people complained of feeling sick on Emirates Flight EK203, which landed with at least 521 passengers shortly after 9am EDT (1300 GMT) at John F Kennedy International Airport. Their symptoms included cough and fever.

Earlier, Emirates said in a statement that 10 passengers "were taken ill" on the flight from Dubai and were transported to a hospital. It did not specify the symptoms or nature of the complaints.

The airplane involved was a double-deck Airbus A388 - the world's largest passenger aircraft, according to FlightAware.com.

CDC public health officers were working with other agencies to evaluate passengers, including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to hospitals, spokesman Benjamin Haynes said in the statement.

Passengers who were not ill were allowed to continue with their travel plans, he said.

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

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been briefed on the incident, spokesman Eric Phillips wrote on Twitter.

Larry Cohen, who identified himself as one of the passengers aboard the plane, uploaded photos on Twitter showing dozens of police and emergency vehicles waiting outside the plane on the tarmac.

"All we have been told is that there are some sick passengers and that we need to remain on board," Cohen told Reuters via Twitter messaging.

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