Is this just an early forecast of the flu season ahead or something else? Reports of passengers with heavy coughs and obvious illness are coming from fellow passengers who were on the flights. The two most recent incidences happened at the Philadelphia Airport (see below) where two planes with passengers returning from the religious pilgrimage “Hajj” in Saudi Arabia became sick:

“Hajj” brings together thousands of Muslims for a religious pilgrimage so it’s no wonder that many people together in one place might be a catalyst for spreading illness…The CDC is investigating this and will have a report in 24 hours…

Emirates claims ten passengers were removed from a quarantined flight at New York’s JFK despite reports that a HUNDRED fell ill onboard

Emirates airline has claimed that ten passengers have been removed from a quarantined flight at the John F. Kennedy International Airport despite numerous reports of 100 passengers falling ill.  

The double decker A380 aircraft, which was traveling from Dubai to New York City, landed at the Queens airport Wednesday morning shortly after 9am.  

Initial reports said up to 100 passengers fell ill, but a statement from Emirates put that number at just 10. 

FRANCE: Passengers Set Free Following Quarantine at French Airport

SPUTNIK – A passenger plane had been quarantined in an airport in Perpignan, France, on suspicion of a cholera infection on board.

The plane with 141 people onboard, including five children, had been blocked since 1:50 p.m. local time after it had arrived from Algeria.

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According to preliminary data, upon arrival, a crew member signaled that one of the passengers, reportedly a child, was ill. The authorities immediately took the child and his mother into the airport for treatment. The other passengers were asked to disinfect their hands.

Cholera is a highly contagious infection that can be transferred by contact with contaminated food or water.

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From CBS Philly

And Newsweek:

Several plane passengers who landed at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday from international flights were reported to have flu-like symptoms, an airport spokesperson confirmed to Newsweek. Twelve passengers, on American Airlines flights from Paris and Munich, Germany, were experiencing symptoms. 

“As a precaution, all passengers on the two flights—totaling about 250 plus crew—were held for a medical review and the CDC was notified,” the spokesperson told Newsweek. “CDC, the Philadelphia Health Department and Philadelphia Fire Department personnel performed medical evaluations and assessments. The passengers—except for the 12 affected—are in the process of being released.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Newsweek it would provide further information as it becomes available. It was not immediately clear whether the passengers were suffering from the flu. 


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