European risk assessment guidance for infectious diseases transmitted on aircraft – the RAGIDA project
The RAGIDA project searched for published evidence about infectious diseases transmitted during air travel, and found it difficult to locate. Published evidence has had to be supplemented by expert opinion. Ebola is one of several pathologies covered.
The RAGIDA project, initiated in 2007 by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, includes a systematic review, using over 3700 documents and a series of disease-specific documents. Publications and experts were consulted, including questions on case-based events with standardized questionnaires, and expert panels created guidance documents. Areas studied include risk assessments for infectious disease transmission on board aircraft, decision-making for contact tracing, and the probability of on-board transmission for air travelers was graded for existing published events.