Becker’s: How Health Officials Respond to Outbreak Threats on Planes: 3 Things to Know

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On September 6th, a plane in New York City was quarantined after a number of passengers began to feel ill. The hospital followed their protocol in an effort to prevent the disease from spreading elsewhere. In this situation, the CDC was notified before landing, allowing a contingency plan to be formed and ready. Usually this is not the case and travelers believed to be exposed to the disease must be tracked down later. Large airports such as this are often better prepared to handle situations such as these because they regularly run drills and are equipped with ample resources.

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