Medical Emergency on Tourist Flight
An Air New Zealand plane from Japan landed this morning at Auckland International Airport with 73 passengers suffering flu-like symptoms. The plane landed from Tokyo at 9.20am 13/2/12
An Air New Zealand spokeswoman said they were following public health procedures and had advised the Auckland Regional Public Health Service.
A Counties Manukau District Health Board manager said all hospitals were “contingency planning” in case they were required to take passengers.
Japan is currently experiencing a major flu epidemic. News agencies report that by February 5, more than 2.1 million people in Japan had the flu. That had jumped by 380,000 cases on the previous week. Data shows that most patients tested were found to have been infected by the A strain of the virus, known in Japan as the “Hong Kong” strain.