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Top Diseases on a Plane

TOp DISEASES ON A PLANE GERM ZONES B D Lavatory/Various bacteria - don't touch the toilet lid A In-flight meal/Listeria - eat before you board, and bring your own snacks and use hand sanitizer instead of the sink water B Water/E. Coli - Once you board the plane, only drink bottled water E Fellow passenger/Any bacteria they may have - remain hydrated preflight, take vitamins, and use hand sanitizer C Seat pocket/Cold, influenza - bring a small carry-on bag to store your things in E Airplane pillow and blanket/pneumonia-casuing bacteria- wear layers and thick socks or bring your own pillow and blanket MOST DANGEROUS DISEASES SARS MUMPS In 2011 more than 600 people were infected by only two carriers on two separate planes Erupted in Asia in 2003 0000000 0000000 0000000 0000000 0000000 TUBERCULOSIS In 2007 a man with drug-resistant TB ignored doctors' advice and took two trans-Atlantic flights, which lead to the first government- ordered quarantine since 1963 1 airplane icon = 500 Over 3 months, 12,000 airplanes carrying 3 million passengers were held to isolate the virus. COLD TRANSMISSION ON PLANES Colds may be more than 10ox more likely to be transmitted on a plane than during normal life on the ground 100х THE CULPRIT TIPS TO AVOID IT Extremely low cabin humidity caused by low humidity at high elevations • Stay hydrated to keep the mucus flowing • Keep hands clean • Using germ-killing mouthwash in-flight to keep throat moist • Take your vitamins • Wear a face mask PATHOGENS ON AIRLINE LINENS Blankets from US airlines, Canada Air and American Airlines have microbial counts that range between 160 and 700 colony units per 12 square inches. Headphones are said to have 1300 microbial counters per Pillow material was found to 12 square inches have between 470 to 870 colony units 12 inches FOUR MAJOR PATHOGENS Escherichia coli A potentially lethal pathogen that causes menin- gitis, urinary tract infections, inflammation of the lungs, diarrhea, nausea, cramps and vomiting. Found in fecal matter, it lives in the human intes- tinal tract. Bacillus cereus A pathogen that causes food poisoning, cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and nausea. Bacillus cereus is also known to cause meningitis and pneumonia. Pseudomonas aeruginosa Found in airline blankets, it is known to cause wound and burn infections, meningitis, urinary tract infections, eye infections and pneumonia. It can invade the bloodstream and cause fatal Staphylococcus aureus Causes boils, organ abscesses and meningitis. sepsis. sources: travel/t/places-germs-breed-plane/#To3mxBzlsrg health/JEHR/JEHRVolsisst-CommonColdAireraft.pdf book easier. travel happier

Top Diseases on a Plane

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Planes are enclosed spaces filled with germs. This infographic takes a look at the most common germs that are in a plane and how to best avoid them. Be safe on the plane and stay germ free.



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