This letter to the editor focuses on general information and a study conducted in Berlin with respect to the level of transmission between airline passengers of SARS on commercial aircraft. "The study shows that the roles of public health authorities and the aviation industry should be to "harmonise the protection of public health without the need to avoid unnecessary disruption of trade and travel" in public health emergencies such as global SARS transmission (10). We recommend strengthening the collaboration between national health authorities and the airline industry. Furthermore, the International Air Transport Association should establish procedures to ensure that complete contact information is available for all passengers and that rapid notification can be accomplished in case of potential exposure to infectious diseases."
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: http://www.cdc.org/
Emerging Infectious Diseases (August 2004), v.10 no.8