Plane quarantined in New York City after passengers fall ill

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Emirates Flight 203 has been quarantined at New York’s JFK Airport after an unknown number of people fell ill during a flight from Dubai, local officials say. Investigators are looking at flu as a possible cause.

The plane, an Airbus A380, was flying from Dubai International Airport in the United Arab Emirates when a number of passengers fell ill. The plane, which was carrying about 500 people, landed at JFK at 9 a.m. ET.

There were conflicting reports about the number of people affected. Local media in New York City reported that up to 100 people had fallen ill, but a statement from Emirates put the number of patients at 10.

Three patients were taken to hospital by 10:30 a.m.

Eric Phillips, a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, said investigators were looking at flu as a possible cause. “The plane’s been quarantined and the [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] is on the scene,” he said.

The affected passengers were said to be coughing with fevers over 100°F (37.7°C), according to WABC-TV. Footage from the scene showed a large number of emergency services gathered near the plane.

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