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The Ice Ice Baby hitmaker was among the 500-plus passengers caught up in a major health scare as the Emirates Flight 203 from Dubai landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport.

At least 10 passengers were taken ill on a NY to Dubai flight, said Emirates airline.

Among those under quarantine at the airport is rapper Vanilla Ice, reported MediaPost's Alex Weprin. The airline says about 10 passengers fell ill aboard the plan and were receiving medical attention "as a precaution".

Health officials in NY said respiratory samples from the patients appear to show influenza, but they don't have the final results. "All others will disembark shortly". "The safety & care of our customers is our first priority", the airline posted on Twitter on September 5. Emirates airline said they included seven crew members and three passengers.

The White House was monitoring the situation, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said, and President Donald Trump was being updated as new information became available.

About 100 passengers complained of feeling ill, with cough and fever, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Authorities found 19 people were sickened - 10 of them taken to the hospital, Phillips and the Emirates Airline said.

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Ms Sykes said that there had been no announcements about what was happening or when the remaining passengers would be allowed to exit the plane.

The type of illness was not immediately confirmed, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in a statement that symptoms included fever, coughing and fever.

"Health officials are processing tests now to determine the cause", Phillips continued, adding: "Symptoms still pointing to the flu".

He also wrote that the sick people were seated on the "bottom floor" of the jumbo jet, "so I'm happy I'm up top".

Health officials may follow up with passengers who were released, the CDC said. Just after 11 a.m., he tweeted that he had cleared customs and was on his way home.


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