To the Editor: Noroviruses are highly infectious
and transmitted by multiple routes in closed settings,1 but
in-flight transmission of norovirus has never been documented. After notification
of acute gastrointestinal illness among crew members of an 8-hour international
flight arriving in Philadelphia, Pa, from London on December 19, 2002, we
investigated if passengers on the flight subsequently became ill and, if so,
the means of transmission.
Widdowson M, Glass R, Monroe S, Beard RS, Bateman JW, Lurie P, Johnson C. Probable Transmission of Norovirus on an Airplane. JAMA. 2005;293(15):1855-1860. doi:10.1001/jama.293.15.1859