Health officials: Illness alarms on multiple flights arriving in U.S. linked to Haj pilgrims

Health officials: Illness alarms on multiple flights arriving in U.S. linked to Haj pilgrims
Kaaba ceremony at the Hajj in Mecca, 2018. YouTube

[Ed. – No one tested positive for MERS — Middle East Respiratory Syndrome — however.  This appears to have been an unusually high incidence of flu-like symptoms, caused by mass-scale departures from a single area.]

Two major health scares at US airports involving inbound flights are related to pilgrims returning from the Haj, the Muslim pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, which ended in late August, US health officials said on Friday.

On Wednesday, US health officials sent an emergency response team with mobile diagnostic equipment to John F Kennedy International Airport in New York after they were told that more than 100 passengers aboard an Emirates airlines flight from Dubai were experiencing flu-like symptoms.

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