Despite reports that the H7N9 avian flu has been responsible for 10 deaths out of 28 reported cases in China, international medical authorities don’t yet believe the virus is a concern for flight crews or airline passengers traveling to Asia, or at least not enough for the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend any travel or trade restrictions. All cases have occurred in regions of eastern China–Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, with 13 in Shanghai. None appears to have been transmitted from person-to-person, only to people who have been in contact with infected poultry.
The threat of food-borne illness at 41,000 feet is all too real, and one the business aviation industry takes all too lightly, says Paula Kraft, a principal with Aviation Catering Consultants (ACC) of Atlanta.
According to in-flight medical emergency services specialist MedAire, 60 percent of its calls are related to gastrointestinal illnesses. That number leaves no doubt that food-handling standards should be just as rigorous as those that apply to aircraft maintenance, asserts Kraft.
AAR, an aviation products and services provider, has joined with Cheadle-based Quest International in the UK to develop and distribute Quest’s AirManager, an active air filtration and sterilization system designed to eliminate potentially harmful airborne contaminants. The agreement names AAR an authorized distributor of AirManager.
AAR has been appointed as a distributor for the new AirManager air filtration system developed by Quest International to eliminate potentially harmful airborne contaminates. U.S.-based AAR will be helping the UK’s Quest to find new applications for the active air filtration and sterilization system, which is based on close-coupled field technology.
The swine flu, which has already reached the pandemic phase 6, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), could prove to be vexing for charter and business aircraft operators who often fly worldwide on short notice.
Dr. Quay Snyder of Aurora, Colo.-based Virtual Flight Surgeons will present a briefing on “Getting, Keeping and Recovering Your FAA Medical Certificate” on Wednesday from 10:30 to noon in Room S310E at the convention center. The company is at Booth No. 1957.
BAE Systems and Quest International of the UK have combined to launch a cabin-air system that can destroy airborne viruses and bacteria, including swine flu, Sars, bird flu and E. coli. AirManager has been flight tested on BAE 146/Avro RJ regional airliners operated by five European carriers, and has been selected by one for its fleet.
Medical authorities are advising travelers to Asia–and Southeast Asia in particular–to consider being vaccinated against Japanese encephalitis, a mosquito-borne viral infection. The vaccine isn’t suitable for everyone, but should be considered by travelers who plan an extended stay or will spend time in rural areas. Approximately 30,000 to 50,000 cases of Japanese encephalitis are reported annually.
In a June 2 letter to customers, Skyservice president Russell Payson exhorted everyone not to curtail travel plans to Toronto despite negative publicity concerning that city’s involvement in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) warnings.
ECHA Microbiology, based in Cardiff, Wales, has developed a test kit that can provide a numerical indication of microbial contamination in aircraft fuel tanks. The kit received the Institute of Petroleum’s annual innovation award and an endorse-ment from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
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