Health officials: no danger after plane makes medical emergency landing

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Posted: Oct 15, 2012 9:47 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Oct 15, 2012 9:47 PM

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Topics: airport, typhoid fever, new orleans, illness

NEW ORLEANS- Health officials said in an evening phone briefing, there is no cause for panic after an airplane landed at Armstrong International Airport with a very sick passenger Monday.

The flight, originating in Miami, was scheduled to land at the airport outside New Orleans when a female passenger became ill. She was vomiting, and reportedly suggested she might have typhoid fever.

When American Airlines Flight 1003 landed, it was quarantined. The passenger was taken to a hospital.

But, officials would not comment on the possibility of the person having a serious infection.

"Typhoid fever is an infection that causes diarrhea and a rash -- most commonly due to a type of bacteria called Salmonella typhi (S. Typhi)," according to the National Library of Medicine.

Standard protocol called for the CDC to be notified. Eventually, the feds found no health risks and allowed people off the plane.

The plane was cleaned and returned to service. It is no longer in New Orleans.

There's "no concrete information" about the illness an official said on the conference call.

A second passenger on Flight 1003 was also taken off the plan and brought to a hospital for an unrelated medical emergency.

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