CDC Examines a Dozen Ill Passengers Aboard Flight at LAX Airport
A dozen passengers fell ill on a Los Angeles-bound Fiji Airways flight on Monday, prompting a response from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), according to ABC 7 News.
Upon landing shortly before 2 p.m. local time, the flight crew informed airport officials that multiple passengers were experiencing stomach pains.
CDC officials examined the passengers, who reported suffering from symptoms consistent with the viral gastrointestinal illness known as norovirus. The passengers, who reportedly stayed in the same hotel at one point during their travels, were released after the examination.
One of the passengers was transported to the hospital for additional treatment.
In a statement via ABC 7, Los Angeles International Airport explained its response to the situation: "Following LAX's long-established procedures for responding to reports of ill passengers aboard arriving flights, personnel from U.S. Customs & Border Protection, U.S. Public Health/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Los Angeles Fire Department, and LAX Airport Operations responded to the aircraft."
All 261 passengers and 11 crew members remained on the plane during the examination. Fortunately, it took less than a half an hour for CDC officials to give the all clear.
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