Nineteen people have been taken ill after an Emirates airline plane landed in NY, officials say. Nineteen were sick and 10 of them were taken to local hospitals. That said, Emirates officials reportedly told USA officials that only 10 people were ill and believes this incident was caused by food poisoning.
The Emirates flight landed Wednesday morning and was met by health officials.
The people on board were greeted by dozens of ambulances and other emergency vehicles, with medical staff ready to assess the situation.
The massive response included members of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Port Authority Police Department, and the FDNY.
An airport source told Fox 5 News that a medical emergency happened on the plane. But the fact that so many people became ill during the flight would make MERS seem an unlikely cause.
A spokesperson for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio says 10 of them were taken to the hospital.
Shortly after noon, all the passengers had disembarked the plane. Signs pointed to the possibility of flu, Phillips said.
As the plane was arriving, the pilot raised concerns that many of his passengers appeared to be sick, reports said.
"On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities", the airline said. "Approximately 100 passengers, including some crew on the flight, complained of illness including cough and some with fever", read the email. The local NY affiliate of NBC News reported that there was a concern some passengers had recently traveled to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, where there's been an outbreak of the flu.
One apparent passenger on the flight took to Twitter with a description from the plane.
Airline representatives did not immediate respond to an email requesting information.