About 10 sick passengers were treated after an Emirates flight from Dubai landed in New York City Wednesday morning, the airline said. NY media outlets had earlier put the number at about 100 passengers.
'All we have been told is that there are some sick passengers and that we need to remain on board, ' he said.
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The CDC noted in a statement that passengers "complained of illness including cough and some with fever", adding that health officials and local authorities were taking their temperatures and transporting those who were sick to a hospital.
Ten people were taken to hospitals while the other nine declined treatment, said Raul Contreras, a spokesman for the New York City mayor's office. However, an early-morning tweet from the NY mayor's office claimed that the flight had made a stop in flu-ridden Mecca on its way from Dubai.
The number of cases cited by the airline and Phillips is far smaller than initial media reports, which had suggested up to 100 people may have been affected and showed symptoms such as fever and coughing. Passengers who were not ill were eventually allowed to continue with their travel plans, he said. However, it remains unknown if that means all of the flight's passengers as no official confirmation has been made.
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