More Than Just an Upset Stomach

An unfamiliar pathogen attacks unsuspecting passengers on a jetliner

By Claire Panosian Dunavan|Tuesday, July 1, 2003
Not long after landing, an attendant on Flight 386 knew something was wrong. Between gurgles, pings, and cramps, her gut felt like a punching bag. She quickly disappeared into the lavatory. Meanwhile, in a different part of town, a passenger from the same flight was also in distress. Her bowels were running like water. Suddenly it dawned on her: This intestinal bug was out of control. In a third house in the sprawling metropolis, a 70-year-old man who had just flown 6,000 miles to visit his fa...

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