Among the passengers who fell sick on an Emirates flight that landed at John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport on Wednesday most likely had the flu or one other widespread respiratory an infection, the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention mentioned at the moment primarily based on early take a look at outcomes.

The sufferers had been handled with the flu vaccine and antivirals, reported the CDC in an announcement. However the occasion yesterday began the unfold of a unique form of contagion: fear. At the moment, two extra worldwide flights had been evaluated by public well being officers as a result of folks on board had been coughing and had sore throats.

Each of at the moment’s flights were on American Airlines: one from Munich and one other from Paris. They landed at Philadelphia Worldwide Airport with a couple of dozen folks in whole on board who felt sick, in line with an announcement from the airport. That in itself just isn’t that uncommon due to the dry air and the prevalence of cat dander on planes, Allen Parmet, an aerospace drugs knowledgeable, advised The Verge in an interview yesterday: “It’s truly fairly widespread to have anyone coughing in a aircraft.”

However to be secure, “all passengers on the 2 flights — totaling about 250 plus crew — had been held for a medical evaluate and the CDC was notified,” the Philadelphia Worldwide Airport mentioned in an announcement. Nobody was operating a fever, so they are going to be launched, the CDC mentioned. The individuals who had been sick on the flight ought to hear again about their take a look at ends in 24 hours.

If it seems to be the flu, this might be an early forecast of the flu season forward. And the CDC has some suggestions for preserving the virus from spreading: get vaccinated, and keep house whenever you’re sick, should you can.

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