Guide to Hygiene and Sanitation in Aviation (Third Edition)

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Guide to Hygiene and Sanitation in Aviation (Third Edition) By World Health Organization. Published by WHO Press, 2009. Paperback 59pp. Price £12.00 ISBN 978 92 4 154777 2

As recent scholarly articles have demonstrated, concerns about the human health implications of international air travel are not new. The development of long-haul air routes, which began in the 1920s and subsequently intensified after World War Two, presented numerous passenger and public health challenges. In response, new sanitary techniques were implemented and a raft of international legislation was formulated in an effort to safeguard passenger, crew, and public health. However, as the SARS and H1N1 viruses recently demonstrated, the existing sanitary regimes are not infallible and coordinated international disease surveillance, reporting, and response systems are vital. However, the complexity of the current legal and operational environment surrounding aviation hygiene and sanitation is such that airlines, airport operators, airline handling agents, and port health and medical practitioners need access to the latest guidance on how to protect the health of passengers and staff and comply with international health regulations.

The third edition of the WHO's Guide to Hygiene and Sanitation in Aviation was published in 2009 in recognition that changes to the IHR in 2005, combined with rapidly rising numbers of airline passengers, had rendered the second edition of 1977 increasingly outdated. …