Bird Flu Alarm

Understanding Avian Influenza

Management of Ill Crew

Management of Ill Crew

Flight crew members and ground personnel who become ill and who believe they have been exposed to avian influenza should take the following precautions:

Do not travel while ill, unless traveling locally for healthcare. Limiting contact with others as much as possible can help prevent the spread of an infectious illness. If crew members and ground personnel must travel (e.g., to seek medical care), they should wear a paper or gauze surgical mask to decrease the possibility of transmitting the illness to others.

If crew members and ground personnel become ill while traveling away from home, their employer should be notified and assistance should be requested in locating a healthcare provider. Employees should let their employer know if they are concerned about possible exposure to avian influenza, and ask about all available healthcare options.

If illness onset occurs while outside the United States, the U. S. embassy or consulate can provide names and addresses of local physicians.

Before crew and personnel visit a doctor's office, clinic, or emergency room, the healthcare provider should be warned in advance about possible exposure.

If illness onset occurs after return home, employees should contact a healthcare provider. Before going to the doctor's office or emergency room, the medical staff should be told about the employee's symptoms, the countries visited, and whether the employee had contact with poultry.