Port Health

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As increasing numbers of people travel internationally, the potential risk of introduction and spread of infectious diseases by travellers is on the rise. Figures from Eurostat reveal that around 900 million passengers annually are carried on flights within the European Union (EU) alone.

The objectives of the legislation and guidance offered here is to assist the relevant authorities in the evaluation of risks related to the transmission of various infectious agents on board aircraft or ship and to help in determining the most appropriate, operationally possible public health measures for containment (for example whether to contact-trace air travellers and crew in case of exposure).