Dr Claude Thibeault: Mitigating the risk – aviation and communicable disease outbreaks (airlines.iata.org)

May 15, 2018

IATA’s Medical Advisor discusses aviation’s role in communicable disease outbreaks and lessons learned from recent cases.


Fundamentally, the industry needs to understand its role in managing a health emergency before a crisis hits. During the outbreak of Zika, for example, ICAO formed and chaired an Aviation Medical Forum, where IATA, ACI (Airport Council International), IFALPA (International Federation of Airline Pilot Associations), and ITF (International Transport Workers’ Federation) were represented. This group was very helpful to coordinate activities and provide communication.

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