NEW YORK – The 10 people who were taken to a hospital after arriving in New York City on Wednesday aboard a plane, which was quarantined for several hours, have the flu, the Mayor’s Office confirmed Thursday.
The patients will remain in the hospital as a precautionary measure, until the results of several medical tests allow doctors to rule out other viruses.
According to a spokesperson for the New York City Mayor’s Office, the tests are routine and will be completed on Thursday.
New York City authorities had announced on Wednesday that the symptoms of the sick passengers likely pointed to the flu, and that several of those passengers had visited Mecca, where a flu outbreak has been reported.
The Emirates Airline flight, carrying 549 people, landed Wednesday in New York at around 9:10 am, 14 hours after taking off from Dubai, and was put in quarantine for several hours as nearly two dozen passengers had reported feeling ill.
The sick passengers were then examined by experts from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), though only 10 were taken to the hospital.