Food poisoning causes scare at airport

May 1, 2009 8:31:20 PM PDT
A 55-year-old woman was rushed to a nearby hospital after having flu like symptoms as her plane arrived at Philadelphia International Airport.Containing the swine flu is a concern, especially for travelers flying in the confined spaces of airplanes, which explains the concern tonight when a 55-year-old woman fell ill on an incoming US Airways flight and was rushed to the hospital.

The woman was taken to Methodist Hospital with what were originally described as flu-like symptoms.

She was travelling on Flight 920 from Montego Bay when she became ill during the flight.

She was reported to be fine when she boarded the plane.

Homeland Security officials tell Action News that the woman was examined by a doctor from the CDC at the airport, who determined that she did not have the classic symptoms of swine flu, but rather was suffering from food poisoning.

Earlier this week another woman was taken to Methodist from another US airways flight. It was believed she too might be suffering from swine flu, but that was ruled out.

It is a sign of the times, as everyone remains on heightened alert about the potential spread of swine flu.

Again, this incident was food poisoning, not swine flu.

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