Mystery Illness Sickens 100 on Flight from Dubai

Initial reports said up to 100 passengers fell ill with 100-degree fevers but a statement from Emirates put that number at just 10

Initial reports said up to 100 passengers fell ill with 100-degree fevers but a statement from Emirates put that number at just 10

Vanilla Ice, of "Ice Ice Baby" fame, was aboard an Emirates flight that was quarantined at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport Wednesday morning after several passengers fell ill.

Vanilla Ice is aboard an Emirates Airbus A380 jet quarantined at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY, according to the musician's Twitter account.

"All passengers were screened by the local health authorities prior to disembarkation", it said.

Shortly after, a passenger on board, Larry Coben, tweeted that passengers were now being allowed off after filling out paperwork from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, it remains unknown if that means all of the flight's passengers as no official confirmation has been made. He pointed out that the flight stopped in Mecca, which is experiencing a flu outbreak. Previous reports estimated the number of sick passengers at closer to 100 people.

An airport source told Fox 5 News that a medical emergency happened on the plane.

Emergency vehicles surround Emirates Flight 203 in a holding area at John F. Kennedy Airport in NY on September 5, 2018.

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"CDC public health officers are working with port authority, EMS, and CBP officials to evaluate passengers including taking temperatures and making arrangements for transport to local hospitals", the CDC said.

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

The Emirates flight arriving at 9:10 a.m. with 520 passengers was swarmed by police vehicles and ambulances and immediately quarantined for an assessment by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

'Emirates can confirm that about 10 passengers on #EK203 from Dubai to NY were taken ill, ' the statement read.

The mayor's office also did not respond to requests for comment.

However, CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said 20 people were confirmed sick - 11 taken to hospital and nine others who declined further medical care.

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