Wednesday, April 29, 2009

CDC: New Guidance for Identifying Ill Passengers on Flights

Guidance released today regarding identifying ill passengers on planes and quarantine procedures upon landing:

"During the swine influenza outbreak, extra vigilance is required to identify and reportpassengers with respiratory symptoms or fever. Any passenger who appears ill, or who reportsnot feeling well, should be observed or queried for the following signs or symptoms:

  • Feeling feverish or temperature greater than 100°F (37.8°C) if measured. For children,feeling warm by parent’s report.
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Stuffy or runny nose

Any passengers observed to have or who report having two or more of these symptoms should be reported immediately to the CDC Quarantine Station of jurisdiction where the plane is expected to land.

Flight and cabin crew should follow airline guidelines for preventing spread of infection wheninteracting with these travelers."


Further Travel Guidance:
In CDC's supplemental MMWR this morning, CDC noted, they are:

"Continuing to conduct routine illness detection at ports of entry with heightened awareness for travelers who might be infected with S-OIV.

In addition, CDC in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is distributing travelers health alert notices to all persons traveling to countries with confirmed cases of S-OIV infection. CDC has recommended that U.S. travelers avoid nonessential travel to Mexico ( Travelers who cannot delay travel to Mexico should visit and follow the posted recommendations to reduce their risk for infection."


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