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User currently offlineB-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 2 months 1 week 1 hour ago) and read 2323 times:

Passenger May Have SARS

Ambulance officers have met a flight from Hong Kong carrying a passenger with symptoms similar to those of the deadly pneumonia disease, SARS.

Ambulance control says the passenger, believed to be a child, is currently being assessed.

The flight arrived at Auckland International Airport just before lunchtime.

I assume this would've been off the CX flight as it doesn't appear Air NZ operated a flight from HKG yesterday.

Was just wondering... what would be the standard procedures if a medical case like this cropped up onboard? Would more attention be paid to sanitising or sterilising the seats around which the case developed?

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User currently offlineZK-NBT From New Zealand, joined Oct 2000, 5549 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Oh dear  Sad

I actually thought Air NZ flew daily to HKG year round now. Maybe not?

User currently offlineSepang From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 2216 times:

衛生署副署長梁 賢表示,康泰旅行團染肺炎人數由5人增至9人,懷疑一名曾到威院探病北京人在航機上傳染他們。

梁 賢表示,該個旅行團一共有36人,包括1名領隊及35名團員,他們在3月15日由香港出發往北京,在3月19日返港,而首先病發一對夫婦在3月18日病發,梁 賢指,他們在何地方感染仍有待調查。但他表示,一名曾到威爾斯親王醫院8A病房探的北京人亦同日乘同中國國際航空公司CA112航班往北京,而他當時坐在該對夫婦後面,而該名北京人返回北京後亦病發,懷疑是由他傳染的。

梁 賢表示,該旅行團乘坐的中國國際航空公司CA112及CA112一共245名乘客及18名機艙服務員,衛生設立熱線,呼籲有問題乘客可致電,電話為29618968

Source http://www.mpinews.com/content.cfm?newsid=200303251729gb21729a

User currently offlineCx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6811 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (13 years 2 months 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 2197 times:

If we had a case like this inflight we would contact Medilink, as they are trained to provide inflight advice on medical cases. While that is happening, the crew would most probably get the ill passenger to wear a mask to prevent further spread of germs. If it was an empty flight the passengers would probably be moved to a different area. However, the germs would not survive long in a cabin environment with the severe dryness, and the HEPA filters constantly filtering the air. Passengers would all have thorough checks after the flight, but with an incubation period of 2-7 days, most would simply be told to be careful about what they do, and to see a doctor at the first sign of illness. There's not a lot you can do.

User currently offlineRyanair!!! From Australia, joined Mar 2002, 4785 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (13 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2096 times:

Oh geez... with the frequent travelling around the globe, it is very hard to contain the spread of the disease isn't it? Singapore just announced the closure of all schools from today till Sunday.

This reminds me of the movie "Outbreak", but on a much larger scale.

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