You may have heard that an Emirates flight EK 203 was quarantined by the Center for Disease Control at John F. Kennedy Airport immediately after landing earlier this week. At first, it was crazy town: ABC news reported that 100 people on the flight were sick with fevers and uncontrollable coughing. Vanilla Ice was on board! But as the CDC and the NYPD began to get a handle on what was going on, things felt a little less scary. Only 10 people in total–maybe–were sick. Only 11 of the 100 sick individuals were taken to the hospital. More than half of the passengers were found to be healthy. Those who were healthy enough to forgo medical attention were released to go about their lives, provided they reported any worsening systems to the CDC. Also, Vanilla Ice is just fine. According to the CDC, all signs point to the illness being a flu.
Knowing this doesn't make me feel any better about the fact that two more planes landing in the United States were placed under heavy scrutiny by health officials.
From The Verge:
Both of today's flights were on American Airlines: one from Munich and another from Paris. They landed at Philadelphia International Airport with about a dozen people in total on board who felt sick, according to a statement from the airport. That in itself is not that unusual because of the dry air and the prevalence of cat dander on planes, Allen Parmet, an aerospace medicine expert, told The Verge in an interview yesterday: "It's actually pretty common to have somebody coughing in a plane."
But to be safe, "all passengers on the two flights — totaling about 250 plus crew — were held for a medical review and the CDC was notified," the Philadelphia International Airport said in a statement. No one was running a fever, so they will be released, the CDC said. The people who were sick on the flight should hear back about their test results in 24 hours.
Flu. Cat dander. This is exactly like the beginning of every "infection causes zombies" B-movie that I've ever seen.
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