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13 teenagers were hospitalized after getting sick on an American Airlines flight to Boston

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  • Thirteen teenagers aged 15 to 17 were hospitalized after falling ill on an American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida, to Boston, Massachusetts.
  • The teens were part of a group returning to Boston from Ecuador, and had eaten at the same restaurant the night before. In total 16 people reported feeling ill.
  • Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman Samantha Decker said the passengers’ symptoms appeared mild.
  • No crew members or passengers outside of the group trip fell ill during the flight.
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Thirteen teenagers were hospitalized after becoming ill on an American Airlines flight from Miami, Florida, to Boston, Massachusetts, on Sunday.

Boston EMS officials said in a statement on Twitter that they transported 13 patients from Boston Logan International Airport to Massachusetts General Hospital at 9:20 a.m., all with minor symptoms.

The teens, aged between 15 and 17, were part of a group of about 40 people who were returning from a student trip to Ecuador, Fox News reported. The group had a connecting flight in Miami.

An American Airlines spokesperson told Fox News that the students had dined at the same restaurant in Ecuador the night before.

Massachusetts Port Authority spokeswoman Samantha Decker told the Associated Press that a total of 16 passengers reported feeling ill on the flight.

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Decker said the passengers’ symptoms appeared mild and did not have any further information on what caused the illness.

CBS Boston reported that the victims were complaining of stomach virus symptoms. No crew members or passengers outside of the student group reported symptoms.

By 3 p.m. on Sunday, at least five patients had been released from the hospital in good condition, and emergency personnel had cleared the airplane to fly again.

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