- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 18, 2008

ATLANTA, Sept. 18 (UPI) — People believed to be contagious and nonadherent with orders against travel on U.S. commercial airlines can be placed on Do Not Board list, officials said.

The national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to prevent commercial air travel by persons with known communicable diseases that pose a serious public health threat by developing a national Do Not Board list.

To strengthen national preparedness and prevent the possibility of exposure to these contagious diseases during air travel, in June 2007, the CDC began a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security to prevent persons with diseases posing a serious public health threat from boarding commercial airline flights, reported the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a publication of the CDC.

The CDC recommends that people known to have communicable diseases that pose a serious public health threat, such as infectious tuberculosis, refrain from traveling by any public conveyance.

“Beginning June 1, 2007 through May 31, 2008, 33 persons were placed on the Do Not Board list, all of these for suspected or confirmed infectious tuberculosis,” a CDC statement said.

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