(NaturalNews) With the official death count from Ebola now nearing 3,000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is urging all airlines, both foreign and domestic, to keep a close eye on passengers who might be ill with the disease. The agency says that all bodily fluids should now be assumed to contain the Ebola virus, and be treated as such during routine cleanings.
Issued on September 19, the new CDC guidelines warn that airlines can deny travel to anyone suspected of having “serious contagious diseases that could spread during flight.” This applies to all flights, including those flying just within the States. Cabin crews are being advised to take possible infections seriously, and to always use personal protective equipment during flights.
“Infected blood or other body fluids can spread Ebola through breaks in your skin or if they get into your eyes, nose, or mouth,” reads the CDC guidance. “Treat any body fluid as though it is infectious.”
Travelers with fever, headache, muscle pain, unexplained bleeding or bruising could be denied flight
Flight attendants should actively look for signs of possible Ebola infection, says the CDC. Symptoms of the disease include fever, severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain and unexplained bleeding or bruising. If a passenger visits the lavatory several times during a flight, he or she is also suspect, according to the directive.
“Cabin crew should follow routine infection control precautions for all travelers who become sick during flight, including managing travelers with respiratory illness to reduce the number of droplets released into the air,” warns the CDC.
Written by Ethan A. Huff
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