- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The number of ill passengers on an Emirates plane rose to 19 Wednesday when an Emirates plane arriving at New York’s JFK airport from Dubai was quarantined.

Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio, said nine additional people were found to be sick, but they refused medical attention.

All passengers cleared the plane at John F. Kennedy International Airport by 12:35 p.m., but the cause was not yet determined.


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Emirates said the initial 10 passengers were seen by local medical authorities “as a precaution.”

Anne Schuchat, principal deputy CDC director, said the agency is aware that an Emirates flight arrived with passengers suffering from an “unspecified illness.”

She said the CDC was working with local authorities to learn more and help with the response.

Earlier reports said 100 passengers had fallen ill.

By 11 a.m., the 10 sick people were transported to Jamaica Hospital. Additional passengers showed signs of illness and were being treated on scene.

Mr. Phillips said it seems that some passengers got on the plane from Mecca, which currently has a flu outbreak, and that could be connected to the unknown illness on the plane.

This statement corrected his earlier message that noted the flight stopped in Mecca.

Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this article.

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