Over 90% of the cases are due to the Hong Kong influenza A virus subtype H3N2, the report said.
[link to tvnz.co.nz
And reported above, so thanks for all those who kept this thread moving forward while I took some free time.
Re the above "incident" with THAT flight, this only just goes to serve just how easily a pandemic like H5N1 can so rapidly spread.
Links within this thread have shown the protocols that flight crews SHOULD follow in the event of sickness appearing on a flight.
And, to their credit, this Air New Zealand flight did as they should, but consider this, Air New Zealsnd has one of THE best reputations anywhere in the world, so from them you would expect this.
Not all cheeses are the same in this world and a less profitable or smaller operation might not be as dilligent, or for that matter, wouldnt be very happy with the downtime of one of their aircraft being grounded such as in this case.
Perhaps the would look the other way.
What could the consequences be then?
But, heres a little food for thought, it would be virtually impossible to miss 270 sick passengers, obviously.
But, if it was just one, and that single person was not displaying extreme symptoms, then it would be very very easy for that person to slip under the radar.
Should that happen and manage to either make their way home, or make a connecting flight, just imagine the number of people that all travellers on that flight and all the people they come into contact with and you can see the way such a pandemic would reach unimaginable proportions and the mightmare job it would represent to attempt to contain it and contact all those contactees.