Sixteen passengers on an American Airlines flight, who had traveled from Ecuador, were hospitalized on sickness during the trip.
The travelers, who left Quito for Miami and then took another connection to Boston, began to vomit during the flight in the last stretch.
The 16 passengers, who were part of a team of 40, began to feel bad in mid-flight, according to an American Airlines spokesman.
The Boston Herald newspaper indicated that among the patients there were 13 adolescents between 15 and 17 years old, and 3 adults.
US media indicated that the Emergency Medical Services of Boston reported that several medical units were requested around 9:20 to go to pick up passengers. The flight landed near 10:00 on Sunday.
The patients were immediately transferred to the Massachusetts General Hospital with possible symptoms of intoxication.
A television station in Boston indicated that the decompensation of travelers could be related to something they ate while visiting the Galapagos Islands during the weekend.
Samantha Decker, a spokeswoman for the Massachusetts Port Authority, said the passengers’ symptoms appeared mild and resembled a stomach virus.
At 16:30 this Monday, the American Airlines office in Ecuador said that the passengers who became ill were 13 students and 3 caregivers who left from Quito to Miami and who had a connection to Boston. There were no other passengers or crew members with the same symptoms.
The airline said that all passengers who were taken to the hospital were already discharged. On the causes that would have caused the discomfort of passengers, American Airlines noted that: “Then it was determined that the group that got sick dined in the same place before boarding their flight to Miami (from Ecuador).” (I)