Two flights from Europe on Thursday arrived in Philadelphia with 12 sick people carrying flu-like symptoms. The passengers and crew on separate American Airlines flights from Munich and Paris were screened by the medical teams.
Philadelphia International Airport spokeswoman Diane Gerace informed that all 250 people aboard were “held for a medical review” as a precaution, and that the US Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) was notified.
She added that both the aircrafts — Flight 717 from Munich and Flight 755 form Charles de Gaulle Airport of Paris — arrived on Thursday afternoon in Philadelphia.
As per a CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes, the CDC worked along Philadelphia emergency responders, health officers and Customs and Border Patrol agents, in order to determine the sick passengers for influenza and other respiratory diseases.
Haynes said, “Twelve passengers from the two flights reported sore throat and cough, none were identified with fever. None of the passengers are severely ill, and they will be released and informed of test results in 24 hours.”
He also informed that rest of the passengers of both flights were permitted to continue to their destination. As per his statement, further information by CDC will be provided when the test results would be confirmed.
A spokeswoman of the American Airlines, Leslie Scott said that no person on either plane was quarantined. She said members of the crews had not contacted medical personnel ahead of landing to alert them of sick passengers on board.
The incident took place exactly a day after similar outbreak on a flight from Dubai to New York, where passengers and crew covered a 14-hour long trip feeling sick. An Emirates airlines double-deck Airbus 380 flight has at least 19 ill people as the aircraft landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
Ten of these ill passengers were treated at a local hospital in New York. On Thursday, a press secretary for Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the test results had confirmed influenza.
Eric Phillips, the spokesman of de Blasio wrote on Twitter, “Some tests came back inconclusive on other viruses, which is common.” He also added that the tests were being re-administered.
“All 10 patients will be kept in the hospital as a precaution until we know those final results,” Phillips said.
On the other hand, health officials in Houston informed that they were looking into a situation of a person with measles, probably exposing others to the virus during a flight connection at that city’s Hobby Airport on Aug. 21 and 22.