Air Transport and Communicable Diseases
Communicable diseases, particularly those with the potential of becoming global pandemics, have important implications for airlines and their customers. A primary goal of IATA in any such event is to ensure a timely flow of accurate information to its members, the traveling public and the industry as a whole.
H7N9 OUTBREAK NOT A THREAT TO TRAVEL OR TRADE
The World Health Organization (WHO) is not recommending any travel or trade restrictions as a result of the recent outbreak of the influenza A(H7N9) virus in China. For more information, please consult the WHO H7N9 FAQs (updated 5 April 6pm CET) and regular status updates.
Working with the WHO
IATA works closely with the World Health Organization (WHO), the global authority on public health emergencies, on a range of public health issues. See the WHO Guide on Hygiene and Sanitation in Aviation (pdf)
WHO recently updated its recommendations to minimize the risk of TB and other infectious diseases being passed from passenger to passenger on board aircraft. Read the guidelines for TB prevention and contro
l to which IATA collaborated.
Working with National Public Health Authorities
IATA also cooperates with national authorities. In association with ICAO, IATA contributed to the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)’s Infection Control Guidelines for Cabin Crew Members on Commercial Aircraft.
Based on the experience with SARS, IATA has has produced an Emergency Response Plan and Action Checklist (pdf), aligned with the WHO Plan, for use by air carriers in the event of a public health emergency.
An important part of this plan involves a series of guidelines and best practices for airline staff in the event of public health emergencies.