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Swine Flu: Airlines Tumble on Concern that it will Damp Travel

Posted by TeamITI on April 27, 2009

feverU.S. airline stocks plunged, dragging a benchmark index to its biggest decline since 2001, on concern that the swine flu outbreak will damp travel demand.

Carriers reported some cases of suspected flu-like symptoms to U.S. authorities while staying on “heightened awareness,” the Air Transport Association trade group said, adding that details weren’t available. No flights had been canceled as of 11 a.m. Washington time, the ATA said.

A public health emergency is now in place in the United States, even though the US especially, with 20 people ill, are “more prepared than ever before”, according to White House officials. Spread of the swine flu, hereon in as H151, has been confirmed as the same highly virulent form of flu from Mexico, which has killed 81 people at the time of press.

8 confirmed cases at a school in New York enters consideration for those at universities and living in close quarters with others.

By screening people at airports is one potential way of helping prevent the spread of any infection. Using a mixture of thermal imaging cameras and high powered computing powers, officials can instantly see whether people are suffering from early signs of swine flu, and isolate them into an area where they can be treated or quarantined.

Read more at znet.com and bloomberg.com.

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