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The Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) is reporting a number of ill passengers onboard a American Airlines flight that arrived at Logan International Airport presenting with gastrointestinal illness symptoms earlier this week.


This included a group of 40 high school students and chaperones returning from Ecuador, with a layover in Miami.

BPHC’s Infectious Disease Bureau began to coordinate with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Massport to investigate the cause of the illness. While the investigation is ongoing, the illness appears to be food related. Preliminary results suggest that infection occurred during a family style dinner the entire group ate before departing Ecuador.

Since Sunday, at least 30 of the individuals in the group have reported symptoms. Norovirus has been identified among several travelers. The Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory is continuing its evaluation. Results of this investigation are pending at this time.

BPHC has been in communication with treating hospitals as well as the Dover-Sherborn Regional High School, the Dover Board of Health and the tour company regarding findings as well as treatment and prevention recommendations.