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Business Aviation Coping With The Ebola Outbreak: Flight Restrictions, Rule Changes, Questions And Practical Protective Measures

 - October 22, 2014, 4:00 PM
Among the most effective weapons in mitigating the risk of Ebola infection, good old-fashioned handwashing tops the list. Bizav medical specialist MedAire tried to put the global Ebola panic in perspective.

Dr. Moneesh Bhow of MedAire (Booth 3185) made it clear: “Ebola is not passed via airborne transmission. In fact,” he continued, “it is half as infectious, on a measureable scale, as HIV. Transmission can be prevented with commonsense, basic hygienic precautions,” he told AIN at NBAA 2014.

Unfortunately, the disease has spread rapidly in certain West African countries, notably through funeral rites of some people, according to Bhow. MedAire and its parent company, International SOS, have prepared a list of free resources for anyone in need of the information at www.internationalsos.com/ebola.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also have downloadable information regarding the disease and preventative measures. “CDC has an entire section dedicated to air crew,” said MedAire spokeswoman Erin Mitchell.

Jonathan Howells, senior vice president, international, for Universal Weather & Aviation (Booth 1825, 2225), told AIN that his company is also directing clients to the CDC for information. “Our primary concern is helping them think through the potential impact of changing regulations and policy in-motion in relation to Ebola containment,” he said. “There is no consistent approach globally of how airport authorities are responding to passengers and crew arriving from Ebola-affected areas,” he continued.

The primary questions being asked are, “Where have you been traveling the past 21 days?” and “Where has the airplane been?” Universal has a web page with information regarding these questions at: www.universalweather.com/ebola/.

MedAire is conducting an Ebola Risk Management for Business Aviation seminar today from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Innovation Zone in Booth 288.