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Capitol Health Call
February 9, 2016

Plan Needed to Prevent Infectious Disease Spread via Air Travel

JAMA. 2016;315(6):549. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.0164

The United States lacks a comprehensive plan to prevent and contain the spread of diseases such as Ebola through air travel, a new Government Accountability Office (GAO) report concludes.

“US airports and airlines are not required to have individual preparedness plans, and no federal agency tracks which airports and airlines have them,” stated the report released by Rep Rick Larsen (D, Wash) (http://1.usa.gov/1OAVK63).

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