Screening for Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, Auckland International Airport, New Zealand - Vol. 18 No. 5 - May 2012 - Emerging Infectious Disease journal - CDC
Volume 18, Number 5—May 2012
Screening for Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, Auckland International Airport, New Zealand
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The virus that caused the 2009 influenza pandemic, hereafter referred to as influenza A(H1N1)pdm09, is mainly spread internationally by air travel (1). To prevent or delay such spread, during the pandemic many countries initiated screening of air travelers arriving at airports, even though these measures have not been recommended by the World Health Organization (2). On April 25, 2009, New Zealand was one of the first countries outside the Americas to confirm influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 in arriving airline passengers (3). During April 27–June 22, 2009, at the direction of the Ministry of Health, the Auckland Regional Public Health Service began a screening program at Auckland International Airport.