B-HXB From New Zealand, joined Jan 2001, 745 posts, RR: 0 Posted (12 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2215 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?
Cx flyboy From Hong Kong, joined Dec 1999, 6705 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (12 years 3 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 2089 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.