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Avian flu on tap in Asia-Pacific aviation execs’ meet

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CAAP Director General William Hotchkisss III will lead the opening of the 6th International Civil Aviation Organization Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation Asia Pacific PHTO FROM PAF.MIL.PH

MANILA, Philippines—A conference of executives from aviation regulatory agencies, airports and airlines in the Asia-Pacific region is scheduled to open in Manila on Monday with discussions on collaboration in medical emergency situations such as the avian flu on top of its agenda.

The 6th International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) Collaborative Arrangement for the Prevention and Management of Public Health Events in Civil Aviation (Capsca) Asia Pacific coordination meeting will begin Monday at the Diamond Hotel along Roxas Boulevard.

Hosted by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP), the four-day meeting will cover highlights of Capsca project activities in the other Icao regions; recent developments and implementation of International Health Regulations crafted by the World Health Organization in 2005; business continuity planning for airports and air carriers and other state experiences in preparedness planning and response; and updates on the Novel Corona Influenza A (H7N9) virus.

The H7N9 avian flu outbreak in China has both international health and travel authorities worried. Around 100 people have gotten sick with H7N9, 18 of whom have died.

Delegations from Brunei, China, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Nepal and Thailand will be joined by WHO, Icao, Montreal-based Airport Council International, Asia-Europe Foundation and Association of Asia Pacific Airlines representatives.

CAAP Director General William Hotchkisss III will lead the opening ceremony, while Dr. Anthony Evans, chief of Icao’s aviation medicine section and Capsca global project manager, will preside over the program.


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  • farmerpo

    PDI, is it on TAP or on TOP? Is your editor a computer program? As an aside, no comment yet on the haosiao Time Magazine Cover photo of Pnoy? No apology, no action taken? Of course, I may be nitpicking but PDI is no tabloid and should not be allowed to deteriorate to that level. Mediocrity is not to the advantage of PDI.

    • TV

      Of late, PDI’s editorial standards have been quite disappointing.

  • BIGButo

    China needs to stop eating all the weird foods they eat and then they wouldn’t spread all the diseases all over the world like they do. It is not good to keep eating all these nasty foods.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.lee.1485 Matt Lee

      Don’t get out much huh? H7N9 is a type of avian flu, you know poultry like your beloved chicken adobo.



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