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Flight from Dubai quarantined at JFK after passengers reported ill

(Xinhua)    07:12, September 06, 2018

A flight from Dubai having landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on Wednesday has been quarantined after passengers reported to be sick, local media reported.

The flight, Emirates Flight 203, landed at the airport at around 9:10 a.m. (1310 GMT).

Local media said as many as 100 passengers on the plane had symptoms of coughing and vomiting. Some of them even had high fevers.

Emirates Airlines released a statement shortly after the incident, saying it "can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to New York were taken ill. On arrival, as a precaution, they were attended to by local health authorities. All others will disembark shortly. The safety &care of our customers is our first priority."

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio, said on Twitter that 10 sick people had been taken off the plane, and they were heading to Jamaica Hospital.

Philips added that health officials are taking others off one by one and checking for symptoms. About 40 passengers had been cleared and were going to customs.

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