NYC mayor's office: People from quarantined jet have the flu

Emirates,US health authorities

At least 19 people aboard an Emirates flight from Dubai to NY were confirmed ill when the aircraft landed on Wednesday at John F. Kennedy International Airport, after as many as 100 passengers and crew reported feeling sick, authorities said.

Emirates Airline Flight EK203 touched down in NY around 9am ET Wednesday after the pilot contacted air traffic controllers, telling them that many of his 500 passengers appeared to be sick with fevers over 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37.7 C) and several of them were coughing.

Emirates Flight 203 arrived at JFK around 8.50am local time (1pm GMT) on Wednesday, carrying passengers who were coughing and reportedly had fevers of over 100 degrees.

"No one was quarantined on the aircraft and the aircrafts themselves are not quarantined", an American Airlines spokeswoman said, adding that the passengers did not report their medical issues during the flight.

At least 10 passengers reported feeling sick and were taken to a local hospital, the airline confirmed in a statement on Twitter.

Photos, taken by passengers inside the plane, show the flight crew leaving the aircraft.

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Except the 12 passengers experiencing flu-like symptoms, everyone was cleared for release, according to the statement.

Airport spokesperson Diane Gerace stated: "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".

Three passengers and seven crew members were hospitalized for testing, nine others who reported feeling ill refused treatment.

While it's unclear at this point exactly what made almost 20% of the passengers feel so ill, NBC reports that the flight from Dubai made a stop in Mecca, where there is an ongoing flu outbreak.

Flu outbreaks have occurred in the past following the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca during Hajj, officials said. Those who were hospitalised are stable, Dr Barbot said.

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