SFO traveler hospitalized with flu symptoms

April 28, 2009 7:04:50 PM PDT
There was a scare for some passengers on board a Northwest flight bound for San Francisco International Airport Tuesday. A passenger on a flight from Baltimore with a stop in Detroit complained of flu symptoms and was whisked to the hospital after landing.

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A health official from the CDC and local paramedics escorted the sick man from the plane into an ambulance. He was transported to the Mills Peninsula Hospital in Burlingame.

The 162 passengers on board Northwest flight 343 from Detroit were kept on the plane for 45 minutes after it landed. They were given a flier from the CDC alerting them they may have been exposed to swine flu.

Tom Strat sat near and talked to the man during the flight.

"From what I understand, he had diarrhea and he also vomited and he has a fever as well, it could be a serious situation," Strat said.

"Everyone was very calm on the plane and we were very patient and got the information we needed; they also asked for our contact information, so within seven day if anything happens, the CDC will approach us," passenger Melissa Stanford said.

An airline spokesperson said the flight crew contacted the tower, then the local CDC office at SFO. Still, passengers say the man was not wearing a mask during the flight.

The sick man was flying to San Francisco to attend the National American Institute of Architects conference taking place at Moscone Center.

"I'm hoping he is fine and I'm hoping we will all be fine; we're here on vacation so we donut want it ruined," passenger Jackie Dalton said.

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