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ID:

575

Date:

2010-07-21

Headline:

Reports of sick travelers climb

Reporter's name:

Alison Young

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

USA Today

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

Regional quarantine centers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at dozens of points of entry received about 7,000 reports of potentially infectious diseases since 2007, including more than 3,000 in 2009. USA Today used FOIA to obtain the CDC records, which include references to airline passengers with tuberculosis, mumps, whooping cough, measles, and typhoid fever -- as well as more flu-like symptoms as a result of heightened attention to the H1N1 pandemic.

Notes:

USA Today had reported on similar statistics a few months earlier, "Review: Many sick airline passengers aren't reported" (4/21/10), at http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2010-04-21-sick-passengers_N.htm; in that article, USA Today also noted that CDC numbers were sometimes lower than the number of passengers requiring emergency attention, based on ambulance records.

Keywords:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC, infectious disease, tuberculosis, mumps, whooping cough, measles, typhoid fever, H1N1, passengers, airline, airplane, quarantine

URL:

http://www.usatoday.com/travel/2010-07-21-sicktravelers21_ST_N.htm


Agencies:

CDC

States:

CA
FL
GA
IA
IL
TX

Categories:

public health
transportation


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