Bird Flu Alarm



Understanding Avian Influenza

Passengers with Symptoms of Possible Avian Influenza

Passengers with Symptoms of Possible Avian Influenza


Management on a Conveyance

Personnel should be aware of the symptoms of avian influenza (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/avian/facts.htm. Although experience with human infection is limited, persons infected with avian influenza would likely have fever and respiratory symptoms (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath). The cause of a febrile respiratory illness in persons who have traveled in areas where avian influenza is present is more likely to be a common respiratory illness, but such persons should be evaluated by a healthcare provider to be sure.

If flight crew members or other personnel are concerned that a passenger with symptoms of avian influenza traveling from an area with avian influenza may be infected, they should try to keep the ill passenger separated from the other passengers as much as possible (3-6 feet),

If the ill passenger can tolerate a mask, provide a paper or gauze surgical mask to reduce the number of droplets coughed into the air.
If a surgical mask is not available, provide tissues and ask the ill person to cover his or her mouth and nose when coughing and to put the used tissues into a wastebasket or bag.

If an ill passenger is unable to wear a surgical mask, personnel may wear surgical masks when working with the ill person.

Personnel should wear disposable gloves for direct contact with blood or body fluids of any passenger. However, gloves are not intended to replace proper hand hygiene. Immediately after activities involving contact with body fluids, gloves should be carefully removed and discarded and hands should be cleaned. Gloves should not be washed or reused.

The captain of an airliner bound for the United States is required by law to report the illness to the nearest U. S. Quarantine Station prior to arrival or as soon as illness is noted (see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/quarantine_stations.htm). Quarantine officials will arrange for appropriate medical assistance to be available when the airplane lands and will notify state and local health departments and the appropriate CDC officials. Quarantine officials will work with the airline and local and state health departments to assist with medical transportation of the patient upon arrival, disease control and containment measures, passenger and crew notification and surveillance activities, and airline disinfection procedures.