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Volume 26, Number 12—December 2020
Research

Flight-Associated Transmission of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 Corroborated by Whole-Genome Sequencing

Hollie Speake, Anastasia Phillips, Tracie Chong, Chisha Sikazwe, Avram Levy, Jurissa Lang, Benjamin Scalley, David J. Speers, David W. Smith, Paul Effler, and Suzanne P. McEvoyComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Notre Dame, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia (H. Speake); Metropolitan Communicable Disease Control, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (A. Phillips, T. Chong, B. Scalley, S.P. McEvoy); University of Western Australia, Perth (C. Sikazwe, A. Levy, D.J. Speers, P. Effler); PathWest Laboratory Medicine Western Australia, Nedlands, Western Australia, Australia (C. Sikazwe, A. Levy, D.J. Speers, D.W. Smith, J. Lang); Public Health Emergency Operations Centre, Perth (P. Effler)

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Table 2

Criteria for flight-associated and possibly flight-associated secondary cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in persons aboard a flight from Sydney to Perth, Australia, March 19, 2020

Secondary case classification Epidemiologic criteria Virus WGS criteria
Flight associated
International passenger who arrived at Sydney International Airport on March 19, 2020, and transited to the flight
OR
domestic passenger in Australia not associated with a cruise ship before illness
Specimen yielded lineage not circulating in place of origin
AND
Lineage closely matched that of passengers with primary cases on flight
Possibly flight associated
Passenger on cruise ship with no known SARS-CoV-2 transmission identified Specimen from passenger or traveling companion yielded lineage related to that of passengers with primary cases on flight
Domestic passenger in Australia not associated with a cruise ship before illness
WGS data not available
*WGS, whole-genome sequencing.

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