QUEENS — A passenger on a JetBlue flight stopped at John F. Kennedy International Airport on Sunday night was evaluated and cleared following concerns that they were infected with measles, officials said.
The plane was secured at a JFK handstand area after it landed in New York from Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. It is now proceeding to deplane.
“After reports of a potential medical concern onboard, flight 410 from Santo Domingo to JFK, was requested to hold for medical services out of an abundance of caution so a customer could be examined,” a JetBlue spokesperson said. “All customers have been cleared and the flight will deplane normally.”
The passenger, who was previously vaccinated, was evaluated by emergency medical services and cleared, a Port Authority spokesperson said.
Measles is highly contagious. Hundreds of cases have been reported in New York.
Symptoms include rash, high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes. It can cause serious complications such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Measles infection in a pregnant woman can lead to miscarriage, premature birth or a low-birth-weight baby. Measles is easily spread through the air when someone coughs or sneezes. People can also get sick when they come in contact with mucus or saliva from an infected person.