Genomic Evidence of In-Flight SARS-CoV-2 Transmission, India to Australia, April 2021

Freya Hogarth, Pasqualina Coffey, Laura Goddard, Sarah Lewis, Shereen Labib, Mathilda Wilmot, Patiyan Andersson, Norelle Sherry, Torsten Seemann, Benjamin P. Howden, Kevin Freeman, Robert Baird, Ian Hosegood, Kathleen McDermott, Nick Walsh, Ben Polkinghorne, Catherine Marshall, Jane Davies, Vicki Krause, Ella M. Meumann

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Abstract

Epidemiologic and genomic investigation of SARS-CoV-2 infections associated with 2 repatriation flights from Australia to India in April 2021 indicated that 4 passengers transmitted SARS-CoV-2 to >11 other passengers. Results suggest transmission despite mandatory mask use and predeparture testing. For subsequent flights, predeparture quarantine and expanded predeparture testing were implemented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1527-1530
Number of pages4
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume28
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

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