Despite reports that the H7N9 avian flu has been responsible for 10 deaths out of 28 reported cases in China, international medical authorities don’t yet believe the virus is a concern for flight crews or airline passengers traveling to Asia, or at least not enough for the World Health Organization (WHO) to recommend any travel or trade restrictions. All cases have occurred in regions of eastern China–Anhui, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, with 13 in Shanghai. None appears to have been transmitted from person-to-person, only to people who have been in contact with infected poultry.
AAR, an aviation products and services provider, has joined with Cheadle-based Quest International in the UK to develop and distribute Quest’s AirManager, an active air filtration and sterilization system designed to eliminate potentially harmful airborne contaminants. The agreement names AAR an authorized distributor of AirManager.
The swine flu, which has already reached the pandemic phase 6, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), could prove to be vexing for charter and business aircraft operators who often fly worldwide on short notice.
Dr. Quay Snyder of Aurora, Colo.-based Virtual Flight Surgeons will present a briefing on “Getting, Keeping and Recovering Your FAA Medical Certificate” on Wednesday from 10:30 to noon in Room S310E at the convention center. The company is at Booth No. 1957.
BAE Systems and Quest International of the UK have combined to launch a cabin-air system that can destroy airborne viruses and bacteria, including swine flu, Sars, bird flu and E. coli. AirManager has been flight tested on BAE 146/Avro RJ regional airliners operated by five European carriers, and has been selected by one for its fleet.
Regulation may be in the air for the cabins of commercial aircraft, though it is unclear which is more infectious: airborne particles or hysterical legislation. On April 6, the House subcommittee on aviation, chaired by John Mica (R-Fla.), discussed efforts to prevent a pandemic–an epidemic across international boundaries affecting masses–and debated whether the problem can best be addressed through legislation or common sense.
Applied Biosystems, a Warrington, UK, subsidiary of Applera of Norwalk, Conn., is marketing an avian influenza test kit in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. The company claims the kit can detect the presence of the bird flu in a “matter of hours, not days.”