|Title:||Guidelines for contact tracing of international airline passengers identified with an infectious disease|
|Document ID:||Operational Directive OD 0143/08|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 31 July 2008|
|Status:||NO LONGER APPLICABLE|
|Description:||The purpose of this document is to advise public health staff on the course of action to be taken in the event of an arrival of an international airline passenger into Western Australia with a highly transmissible infectious disease.|
|Legal requirements:||Quarantine Act 1908
WA Health Act 1911
|Period of effect:||from 29 July 2008 to 29 July 2015|
|Authorised by:||Dr Peter Flett, A/DIRECTOR GENERAL, WA HEALTH, 29-Jul-2008|
|Print version:||View print version|
Guidelines for contact tracing of international airline passengers identified with an infectious disease
Large numbers of travellers enter Australian ports who are either visitors or Australian residents returning from work or holidays overseas. Many of these travellers may have been exposed to a variety of infectious diseases in the course of their travel, and could pose a risk to fellow passengers if infectious during air travel. Consequently, on arrival to Australia/WA it may be necessary for public health staff to trace the contacts of an infected person. This may include contact with other passengers and crew members to alert them to their possible exposure, the potential risk of disease, and to advise them of any recommended public health action.
Examples of infectious diseases where contact tracing of passengers may be necessary include tuberculosis, invasive meningococcal disease and measles. The extent of contact tracing and the urgency with which this should be done will differ depending on the disease, the date of onset of disease, the infectious period and the mode of transmission. Contact tracing for large numbers of passengers is unlikely unless the passenger is diagnosed with a disease such as viral haemorrhagic fever or the plague.
Dr Peter Flett
This circular last updated: Thursday, 6 November 2014 at 1:48pm