Children on Frontier Airlines Flight Examined for Contagious Disease

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A Frontier Airlines flight arriving in Denver from Mexico was met by paramedics who had been called with a report of possible hand, foot and mouth disease on the plane.

Health officials were alerted while the plane was in flight from Puerto Vallarta, after two children passengers showed symptoms of the contagious disease, according to news reports.

The crew asked that medical personnel meet the aircraft, says an airport spokesman.

The virus is common in young children, and can cause fever, rash and blisters in the mouth.

When the plane landed, paramedics examined the children. Meanwhile, the other 127 passengers were asked to wait on the plane for about an hour before being given the all clear, an airline spokeswoman tells The Associated Press.

Officials determined there was no public health threat, says Betty Rueda, a spokeswoman for Denver Health Medical Center. She says the nationality of the family was unknown.

"The family refused treatment, and there were not enough symptoms presented for our paramedics to intervene from a public health concern," Rueda tells Reuters.

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