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Proposed Data Collections Submitted for Public Comment and Recommendations

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) publishes a list of information collection requests under review by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). To request a copy of these requests, call the CDC Reports Clearance Officer at (404) 371-5983 or send an e-mail to Send written comments to CDC Desk Officer, Office of Management and Budget, Washington, DC or by fax to (202) 395-6974. Written comments should be received within 30 days of this notice.

Proposed Project

Foreign Quarantine Regulations, OMB No. 0920-0134—Revision—National Center for Infectious Diseases (NCID), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Background and Brief Description:

Section 361 of the Public Health Service (PHS) Act (42 U.S.C. 264) authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to make and enforce regulations necessary to prevent the introduction, transmission, or spread of communicable diseases from foreign countries into the United States. Legislation and the existing regulations governing foreign quarantine activities (42 CFR part 71) authorize quarantine officers and other personnel to inspect and undertake necessary control measures with respect to conveyances, persons, and shipments of animals and etiologic agents entering the United States from foreign ports in order to protect the public health.

Under foreign quarantine regulations, the master of a ship or captain of an airplane entering the United States from a foreign port is required by public health law to report certain illnesses among passengers (42 CFR 71.21)(b). In this revision, CDC proposes adding two additional reporting requirements. First, in addition to the aforementioned list of required illnesses to be reported, CDC is asking that reports be made for the following conditions, which may indicate a reportable illness: (1) Hemorrhagic fever syndrome (persistent fever accompanied by abnormal bleeding from any site); or (2) acute respiratory syndrome (severe cough or severe respiratory disease of less than 3 weeks in duration); or (3) acute onset of fever and severe headache, accompanied by stiff neck or change in level of consciousness. CDC has the authority to collect personal health information to protect the health of the public under the authority of section 301 of the Public Health Service Act (42 U.S.C.).

Second, CDC proposes adding the Passenger Locator Form currently under OMB control number 0920-0664 to OMB control number 0920-0134. The Passenger Locator Form is used to collect reliable information that assists quarantine officers in locating in a timely manner those passengers and crew who are exposed to communicable diseases of public health importance while traveling on a conveyance. Additional burden hours for the voluntary reporting of additional certain illnesses and the Passenger Locator Form are reflected in the burden hour table below. DHHS delegates authority to CDC to conduct quarantine control measures. Currently, with the exception of rodent inspections and the cruise ship sanitation program, inspections are performed only on those vessels and aircraft which report illness prior to arrival or when illness is discovered upon arrival. Other inspection agencies assist quarantine officers in public health screening of persons, pets, and other importations of public health significance and make referrals to PHS when indicated. These practices and procedures assure protection against the introduction and spread of communicable diseases into the United States with a minimum of recordkeeping and reporting as well as a minimum of interference with trade and travel.

Respondents include airplane pilots, ships' captains, importers, and travelers. The nature of the quarantine response would dictate which forms are completed by whom. There are no costs to respondents except for their time. The total estimated annual burden hours are 225,759.Start Printed Page 58417

Estimated Annualized Burden Table

CitationForm number/former OMB#Number of respondentsNumber of responses per respondentAverage burden per respondent (in hours)
71.21 Radio report death/illness9,50012/60
71.33(c) Report by person/s in isolation or surveillance1113/60
71.35 Report of death/illlness in port5130/60
Used in an outbreak of public health significance0920-06642,700,00015/60
Used for reporting of an ill passenger(s)0920-066480015/60
71.51(b)(3) Admission of cats/dogs: death/illness513/60
71.51(d) Dogs/cats: certification of confinement, vaccinationCDC 75.371,200115/60
71.52(d) Turtle importation permits10130/60
71.53(d) Importer registration—nonhuman primatesCDC 75.10A40110/60
Total (Reporting)2,711,571
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Dated: September 30, 2005.

Betsey Dunaway,

Acting Reports Clearance Officer, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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[FR Doc. 05-20054 Filed 10-5-05; 8:45 am]