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CDC Death and Disease Reporting Tool for Cabin Crew

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Follow your company's procedures for getting medical assistance and tell your pilot about any deaths or ill travelers as soon as possible. Early reporting ensures prompt ground response to maximize timely care, reduce the risk for spreading disease, and minimize travel disruption.

You are required by law to notify CDC of all deaths or arriving ill travelers with

  1. Fever (warm to the touch, history of feeling feverish, or measured temperature of 100°F/37.8°C or greater) reported to have lasted more than 48 hours; OR
  2. Fever of any duration, AND one or more of these conditions:
    • Skin rash
    • Swollen glands
    • Jaundice (yellowing of skin or eyes), OR
  3. Persistent diarrhea

You are requested by CDC to report arriving ill travelers with

Fever of any duration, AND one or more of these conditions:

  • Persistent cough
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Persistent vomiting
  • Headache with stiff neck
  • Decreased consciousness
  • Unexplained bleeding

For details, see Definitions of Symptoms for Reportable Illnesses.

Collect this information and give to your pilot

  • Ill traveler's name and age (indicate passenger or crew)
  • Seat number or work area
  • City of departure and countries visited on this trip
  • Symptoms that brought the ill traveler to your attention

How to report to CDC (interstate or international flights)

For interstate flights, the pilot may notify CDC instead of the local health authority. Either of these two options meets federal regulations for reporting to CDC:

  1. Air Traffic Services (ATS) if in international airspace or Air Traffic Control (ATC) if in U.S. airspace
  2. Airline’s POC (e.g., Operations Center, Flight Control, Airline Station Manager)
    The POC will notify CDC by contacting either the CDC Quarantine Station directly or the CDC Emergency Operations Center. Once notified, CDC Quarantine Station staff will contact the airline’s designated POC to get more information to determine appropriate response when the aircraft arrives.

Please remember

  • Get information about the ill traveler and provide it to the pilot.
  • Notify your pilot right away—before arrival—so the ground response is ready upon your arrival.
  • Consult as needed with CDC Quarantine Station staff to help evaluate ill traveler and provide recommendations.

See Airlines Tool for more information about U.S. federal regulations.