About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Measles Contagious on Planes: Study

by Sheela Philomena on March 20, 2013 at 10:25 AM
Font : A-A+

 Measles Contagious on Planes: Study

Measles can spread on planes far beyond infected passengers, shows new study.

Australian policy, which is similar to that of the United States and Europe, calls for travellers seated in the same row, and in two rows in front of and two rows behind the patient, to be contacted.

Advertisement

But new research published at the annual scientific meeting of the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases in Canberra shows that this approach may be missing half of the cases transmitted on flights.

The research by Gary Dowse from Western Australia's Communicable Disease Control Directorate and colleagues said there was a low risk of catching measles on a plane in Australia, where the disease has been eliminated.
Advertisement

But in those cases where an infection was transmitted, it took an average of eight days before the patient was diagnosed, health officials informed, airlines and customs contacted and the passengers' details retrieved.

By this time, the window in which to administer a vaccine or other preventative medical help had been lost, Dowse said.

"So in most instances our policy is ineffective because we find out too late," he told AFP ahead of the release of the study.

"And despite the policy, more than half the secondary cases that are going to occur are seated outside the two rows."

The study looked at all measles cases notified in Australia between January 2007 to June 2011 in which the patient was likely to have been infectious while travelling on a plane.

The researchers identified 45 infectious cases and found that 20 secondary cases, where people came down with the disease after the flight, emerged on seven of the 49 affected flights.

Some 45 percent of these secondary infections were found in people sitting within two rows of the index case while 55 percent were seated elsewhere.

"Even if we could get to them in time, at best we could only help 45 percent of the cases," Dowse said.

He added that it was not known why this occurred, but noted that people frequently moved up and down the aisles and to the bathroom on flights.

"People may actually be infected not on the plane, but in the check-in queue," he said.

Dowse said it would be "completely daft" to trace every passenger on a plane, but said authorities needed to consider other strategies.

"We recommend that direct contact tracing to identify susceptible people exposed to measles cases on aeroplanes should not be undertaken routinely, and other strategies should be considered," he said.

Source: AFP
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
Advertisement
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Turmeric: Magic Ingredient to Keep you Healthy in Winter
Top 7 Benefits of Good Oral Hygiene
Healthy and Safer Thanksgiving 2021
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Measles Rashes Symptom Evaluation 

Recommended Reading
Measles
Measles is a viral infection with symptoms of fever,and rashes. Measles is prevented by vaccination ...
WHO Concerned Over “Alarming Outbreak” of Measles in Pakistan
There appears to be a major outbreak of measles in Pakistan as the World Health Organization ......
Daily: Delay in Buying Vaccine Caused Measles Deaths
A leading Pakistani daily said that an "inordinate delay" in buying measles vaccines by the ......
210 Died of Measles in Sindh Province
Geo News reported that as many as 7,274 cases of measles were reported in Pakistan's Sindh province ...
Rashes Symptom Evaluation
The lesions in rashes vary from small skin discolorations to large fluid-filled bullae....

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use