Plane carrying 47 passengers affected by bird flu while 16 land in hospital

Published on : Friday, November 29, 2013

CHINA FLIGHTSAround 47 passengers started coughing and spluttering while others developed a fever and 16 were taken to the hospital for further testing but found to be suffering only a simple flu and were discharged Friday. A plane full of passengers on a French runway has been quarantined after many developed swine flu-like symptoms.
During the flight, 47 passengers started coughing and spluttering while others developed signs of a fever, local media reported. As flight attendants questioned passenger, it emerged that many were returning from Asia.
The plane operated by Hop, the budget subsidiary of Air France, landed at Blagnac Airport near Toulouse, authorities decided to take precautions and quarantine everyone in their plane seats according to the local media. Many of the passengers were returning from a trip to Bangkok, Thailand and flown via Dubai.
Paramedics examined each passenger which took several hours before allowing all but 16 to continue their onward journey.
The remaining 16 people were taken to the infectious diseases department at Purpan Hospital where further testing were carried out and found to be suffering just the simple flu and were discharged from hospital according to France TV.
It came as officials in a region of China culled chickens in a bid to stop the spread of a new strain of bird flu which has claimed at least 11 lives.
In 2009 swine flu emerged in France, prompting authorities to launch a mass vaccination campaign.
A British school trip to France ended with a group of frightened children being placed in quarantine, then trapped on their coaches for hours while they were escorted home by French police, after four girls were diagnosed with swine flu.
The group of 96 had to endure an exhausting 215-mile journey to Calais, without stops, after zealous French authorities insisted they return to Britain using the Channel Tunnel rather than the ferry at Cherbourg.
The authorities forced everyone to wear face masks and even made those suffering from flu to close the coach curtains so they did not ‘disturb’ other road users.
Bird flu is caused by a flu virus that is closely related to human flu viruses. It is spread through bird droppings, water, feed and equipment.

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