According to CBS New York, so was everyone else, more or less. Despite a large number of sick people circulated in the media, the Center for Disease Control and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey conducted investigations on all 549 passengers and crew members, and established only 10 were truly sick.
The Emirates plane was quarantined for hours, during which time everybody on board had to go through proper medical examinations.
“Passengers, including crew members, complaining of illness including cough, fever, and symptoms of gastrointestinal illness,” an official statement says. “CDC public health officers... completed health evaluations (including taking temperatures) of all 549 passengers and crew members on board.”
After the evaluation, 7 crew members and 3 passengers were taken to the hospital for treatment. The other passengers were released, with only a dozen being in a condition that would require a follow-up with the CDC.
As for what caused the near-crisis, it should come up when the investigation is complete. Some passengers from the plane are talking to the media, saying they saw many people being “too sick” to be allowed to fly since they boarded the 15-hour flight in Dubai.
From statements like this to a full-blown conspiracy theory is but a step – and many have already taken it online. However, the CDC is playing it like there’s no reason to worry.
So I just landed from Dubai and now there is like tons of ambulances and fire trucks and police all over the place pic.twitter.com/i9QLh6WyJW— Vanilla Ice (@vanillaice) September 5, 2018