Measles can spread on planes far beyond infected passengers: Australia study
SYDNEY (AFP) - Measles can be spread on planes in rows far beyond infected passengers, a Australian study showed on Wednesday, raising questions over control guidelines for the disease.
Australian policy, which is similar to that of the United States and Europe, calls for travellers seated in the same row, and in two rows in front of and two rows behind the patient, to be contacted.
But new research published at the annual scientific meeting of the Australian Society for Infectious Diseases in Canberra shows that this approach may be missing half of the cases transmitted on flights.
The research by Gary Dowse from Western Australia's Communicable Disease Control Directorate and colleagues said there was a low risk of catching measles on a plane in Australia, where the disease has been eliminated.