Plane from Dubai quarantined at NYC airport after passengers fall ill

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In an interview, Sykes said she saw a few passengers being taken off the plane first for medical attention, but she added that "many, many" others were showing signs of illness.

The CDC said in its statement that as many as 100 passengers and crew members reported feeling sick during the flight, although this was refuted by the airline.

The Emirates Airbus A380 arrived at Terminal 4 and was met by the Centers for Disease Control and Port Authority police.

Ten people on board a 14-hour Emirates flight from Dubai were taken to hospital in NY on Wednesday after USA health authorities mobilized to meet the jet ferrying sick passengers.

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Later Eric Phillips, spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, confirmed that all the passengers were off the plane and the sick people had been taken to hospital.

The plane was quarantined on Wednesday at Kennedy Airport.

The US Centre for Disease Control initially said that as many as 100 people complained of symptoms - but it has since emerged that many of them were members of the 'worried well, ' as opposed to actually ill.

"All we have been told is that some passengers have fallen ill and we should remain in our seats", said Twitter user Larry Coben.

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Emirates flight 203, carrying at least 521 passengers, landed shortly after 9am EDT, according to an airlines spokeswoman.

Medical workers in masks and gloves took passengers' temperatures on the tarmac while evaluating them. "Symptoms still pointing to the flu", he tweeted.

United States media showed images of the double decker A380 aircraft isolated on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Because the plane also stopped in Mecca, Phillips tweeted that the flu may be the culprit, as Mecca is now experiencing an outbreak.

The statement was shared by Emirates on Twitter claimed that only 10 people had been treated.

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The Port Authority of NY and New Jersey, the organization operating the airport, was not immediately available for comment.