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For U.S. Arrivals: Guidance for Airlines on Reporting Onboard Deaths or Illnesses to CDC

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    Guidance for airlines on reporting onboard deaths or illnesses to CDC
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    The U.S. Code of Federal Regulations [42 CFR 70.4 and 71.21(b)] contains requirements for reporting death and illness on international flights arriving to the United States and flights between states.

    • 42 CFR 70.4 requires the pilot of interstate flights to report a suspected case of contagious disease among passengers or crew members before arrival to the local health authority with jurisdiction for the arrival airport. [Reporting to CDC will fulfill this requirement.]

    • 42 CFR 71.21(b) requires the pilot of international flights to the United States to report before arrival any deaths or illnesses (as defined in the regulations) among passengers or crew to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Quarantine Station at or nearest to the airport of arrival.

    Conditions that require reporting are defined in federal regulations for international travel, but not in the regulations for interstate travel. CDC recommends that airlines apply the same standards for “required” and “requested” reporting to both international flights and interstate flights.

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