Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) can be transmitted on airplanes
when infected individuals fly during the symptomatic phase of the disease,
according to a new study by an international team of researchers (N Engl J Med. 2003;349:2416-2422).
The researchers attempted to interview passengers and crew members at
least 10 days after they traveled on three flights that carried a patient
or patients with SARS. After one of these flights, which carried one symptomatic
person and 119 other individuals, 22 people became ill a mean of 4 days after
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