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Volume 10, Number 11—November 2004

Policy Review

Public Health Interventions and SARS Spread, 20031

David M. Bell*Comments to Author  and World Health Organization Working Group on Prevention of International and Community Transmission of SARS
Author affiliation: *World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

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Table 4

Rates of severe acute respiratory syndrome transmission on commercial aircrafta

Flight Duration Index patient(s) No. infected/
no. on plane (%)
1 90 min 1 presymptomatic 0/315 (0.0)
2 3 h 1 fever, cough 22/120 (18.3)
3 90 min 2 fever;
2 fever, cough 1/246 (0.4)

aSource: ref 19.

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1The members of the World Health Organization (WHO) Working Group are as follows: Ximena Aguilera, Ministerio de Salud, Republica de Chile; Roy Anderson, Imperial College London, United Kingdom; Dounia Bitar, Institut de Veille Sanitaire, Paris France; Martin Cetron (with Pattie Simone), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Chew Suok Kai (with Benjamin KW Koh), Ministry of Health, Singapore; Clete DiGiovanni, Jr., Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA; Arlene King, Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Cindy K-L Lai (with PL Ma), Department of Health, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China; Angus Nicoll (with Jane Leese), Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, London, United Kingdom; Sonja Olsen, International Emerging Infections Program, Nonthaburi, Thailand; Alice Sarradet, Direction Generale de la Sante, Paris, France; Mingchang Song, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, (AQSIQ), Beijing, China; Ron St. John (with Susan Courage), Health Canada, Ottawa, Canada; Robert Steffen (with Leonie Prasad), University of Zurich, Switzerland; Ih-Jen Su (with SK Lai), Taiwan Center for Disease Control, Taipei, Taiwan, China; WHO Staff in the Department of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response (CSR): Julie Hall, Beijing, China; Emmanuel Jesuthasan, Geneva, Switzerland; Angela Merianos, Cathy Roth, Max Hardiman, Geneva, Switzerland; Hitoshi Oshitani, Western Pacific Regional Office, Manila, Philippines; and group facilitator: David Bell, WHO (CSR) Geneva, Switzerland, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

2The term “isolation” is applied to ill people; “quarantine” is applied to persons who have been exposed but are not ill.

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