CDC meets plane at JFK after passengers report feeling ill, source says

The jet is believed to have arrived from Dubai this morning

The jet is believed to have arrived from Dubai this morning

A total of 250 people were undergoing medical evaluation as a precaution, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified, airport spokeswoman Diane Gerace said.

But Mr Phillips said that some of the passengers had originally come from the Saudi Arabian city of Mecca, which was now experiencing a flu outbreak, and that this was also being considered as a possible cause.

The CDC official said none of these passengers are "severely" ill.

An Emirates airline flight from Dubai was quarantined at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport on Wednesday morning after passengers became ill during the flight, the airline and NY news media said.

A MAJOR incident has been declared at New York's JFK Airport following reports a plane has been quarantined. It added that Wednesday's return flight from NY to Dubai would leave three hours late. The plane has been quarantined, according to mayor's office.

Emirates Flight 203, which originated in Dubai, was carrying about 500 passengers and landed around 9:06 a.m.

Dozens of ambulances met the aircraft
Image Dozens of ambulances met the aircraft

Twelve passengers from the two flights reported [a] sore throat and cough; none were identified with fever.

The heavy emergency response was enacted after about 10 passengers and crew members reported feeling ill.

"This is insane. Apparently there is over 100 people sick on the bottom floor, so happy I'm up top, it's a double-decker plane 380", he wrote.

After disembarking, Coben said, passengers had their temperatures taken. He pointed out that the flight stopped in Mecca, which is experiencing a flu outbreak.

"All passengers were screened by the local health authorities prior to disembarkation", it said.

The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey did not immediately respond to an AFP request to comment.

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