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The World in Medicine
January 21, 2004

SARS and Air Travel

JAMA. 2004;291(3):291. doi:10.1001/jama.291.3.291-c

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 the flight.

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