Calculating the potential for within-flight transmission of influenza A (H1N1).

TitleCalculating the potential for within-flight transmission of influenza A (H1N1).
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsWagner, BG, Coburn BJ, Blower S
JournalBMC medicine
Volume7
Pagination81
Date Published2009
ISSN1741-7015
KeywordsAircraft, Crowding, Humans, Influenza A Virus, H1N1 Subtype, Influenza, Human, Risk Assessment, Time Factors, Travel
Abstract

Clearly air travel, by transporting infectious individuals from one geographic location to another, significantly affects the rate of spread of influenza A (H1N1). However, the possibility of within-flight transmission of H1N1 has not been evaluated; although it is known that smallpox, measles, tuberculosis, SARS and seasonal influenza can be transmitted during commercial flights. Here we present the first quantitative risk assessment to assess the potential for within-flight transmission of H1N1.

Alternate JournalBMC Med