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********** UPDATE: AVIAN INFLUENZA A(H7N9) VIRUS **********
 

In the past few weeks, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has received reports from China of human infection with influenza A(H7N9) virus. The influenza A(H7N9) virus is one subgroup among the larger group of H7 viruses, which normally circulate among birds. These recent reports from China are the first cases of human infection with H7N9 viruses.

UPDATE (22 April 2013, 16:00 GMT): To date, a total of 104 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus in China (including 21 deaths) have been reported to the WHO. So far, there is no evidence of ongoing human-to-human transmission.

Please note that the WHO does not advise special screening at points of entry with regards to this event, nor does it recommend that any travel or trade restrictions be applied.

Please check the latest updates in the WHO website.

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An introduction to Aviation Health

Airports Council International (ACI) is working closely with the World Health Organisation (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and other organisations involved in the coordination of the response to Health-related emergencies.

ACI is an active participant of the Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (CAPSCA) project, led by ICAO.

ACI recommends its members to review and practice airport contingency plans for public health emergencies. The ‘Airport Preparedness Guidelines for Outbreaks of Communicable Disease’ and the ‘Business Continuity Management Framework and Case Studies for Health-Related Disruptions at Airports’ are available as a download from the "Documentation" web page.

Arturo García-Alonso
Head, Passenger & Airport Services
agarcia-alonso@aci.aero