International Flight Under US Quarantine After 10 Passengers Fall Ill

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Seven to 10 passengers on an Emirates flight from Dubai took ill overnight and were quarantined in New York Tuesday.

A flight from Dubai was quarantined in New York Wednesday morning after dozens of passengers reported feeling sick and as many as ten had taken ill with fevers over 100 degrees, according to multiple news reports.

The passengers got sick overnight, but it’s not clear what condition they are in or what caused the sickness. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is investigating.

About 500 people were on board Emirates flight EK 203, which landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport around 9AM ET. CDC officials and police were waiting at JFK to check on the sick passengers, and the plane was moved away from the terminal to a hardstand area. According to the pilot, passengers are coughing and have fevers over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 degrees Celsius), reported WABC-TV.

Emirates Airline tweeted a statement indicating ten passengers were ill, following initial reports that as many as 100 passengers were feeling unwell.

“On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities,” the airline says. “All others will disembark shortly.”

NBC New York said federal and local law enforcement sources indicated dozens of individuals on the plane reported feeling sick.

The mayor’s office confirmed via Twitter that the plane has been quarantined and the CDC is investigating. In a statement emailed to The Verge, the CDC says that it’s “aware of an Emirates flight from Saudi Arabia arriving at JFK this morning with some passengers who are reporting an unspecified illness. CDC is working with local authorities to investigate.”

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