New York flight cleared after sick passenger concerns

NEW YORK (WXIA) – An Etihad Airways flight from the Middle East was held briefly at Kennedy Airport in New York City after officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were alerted to a sick passenger on board the flight, given the concerns about the potential spread of the Ebola virus.

Etihad Airways Flight EY101 arrived at JFK from Abu Dhabi late Tuesday afternoon. CNN reported that a child on the flight had been vomiting blood, which led to the concerns about the flight.

According to the CNN report, CDC personnel learned that the child was likely dehydrated, and the flight was late cleared, with passengers being allowed to disembark.

Abu Dhabi is in the United Arab Emirates, far removed from the four western African nations that are suffering the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

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