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Flight at Armstrong briefly quarantined for medical reasons

Emergency officials briefly imposed a precautionary medical quarantine on a flight at Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans Monday evening. The quarantine has already been lifted and health officials have not reported any threat to the public.

New Orleans Health Commissioner Karen Desalvo told reporters during a conference call that a passenger on a scheduled American Airlines flight from Miami to New Orleans told flight staff she was feeling ill, expressing symptoms of gastrointestinal issues, including vomiting.  The flight crew reported this to Armstrong air traffic controllers before landing about 5:30 Monday evening.

First responders transported the ailing passenger to a nearby hospital.  Meantime, airport managers and officials from the New Orleans Fire Department contacted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and held the remaining 145 passengers and six crew members on the aircraft while awaiting the CDC's guidance.

Officials said they had no concrete information yet on the exact illness.

Desalvo says CDC officials ascertained that none of the other passengers had similar symptoms and did not present a threat to the public.  "Everyone was cleared and the passenger were off-loaded around 6:50 this evening," says Desalvo.

City and airport officials declined to speculate on the exact illness involved, as they are awaiting concrete information from doctors treating the woman.

As for the flight itself, the airliner was released to regular service and has since left the New Orleans area.

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