Aches on a Plane



An emergency was reported at JFK airport as 8 passengers on board Flight 1038 from Lima, Peru, began to experience vomiting and  diarrhea,  in what appeared to be food/water poisoning.

The flight took off from Lima and made a technical stop in Miami, FL, USA, for two hours before arriving in New York City.  The total trip took about 17 hours. The victims were rushed to a nearby hospital as soon as the pane landed.

You work as an epidemiologist for the NYC Department of Public Health. It is your job to determine what caused the outbreak and from where it came.

We have developed a series of questions for you to answer as you go through this case study.    If you have not yet done so, download and print a copy of the WORKSHEET from the References panel at the right.

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