Shipping Infectious Substance, Category A

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Regulations

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and IATA classify Dangerous Goods. 

Category A

Category A is defined as an infectious substance which is transported in a form that when exposure to it occurs, is capable of causing permanent disability, life-threatening or fatal disease to humans or animals. Indicative examples of substances that meet Category A criteria are:

  • Bacillus anthracis (cultures only)
  • Brucella abortus (cultures only)
  • Brucella melitensis (cultures only)
  • Brucella suis (cultures only)
  • Burkholderia mallei - Pseudomonas mallei - Glanders (cultures only) 
  • Burkholderia pseudomalli -Pseudomonas pseudomallei (cultures only) 
  • Chlamydia psittaci - avian strains (cultures only)
  • Clostridium botulinum (cultures only)
  • Coccidioides immitis (cultures only)
  • Coxiella burnetii (cultures only)
  • Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever virus
  • Dengue virus (cultures only)
  • Eastern equine encephalitis virus (cultures only)
  • Escherichia coli, verotoxigenic (cultures only)
  • Ebola virus
  • Flexal virus
  • Francisella tularensis (cultures only)
  • Guanarito virus
  • Hantaan virus
  • Hantaviruses causing hantavirus pulmonary syndrome
  • Hendra virus
  • Hepatitis B virus (cultures only)
  • Herpes B virus (cultures only)
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (cultures only)
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (cultures only)
  • Japanese Encephalitis virus (cultures only) 
  • Junin virus
  • Kyasanur Forest disease virus
  • Lassa virus
  • Machupo virus
  • Marburg virus
  • Monkeypox virus
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis (cultures only)
  • Nipah virus
  • Omsk hemorrhagic fever virus
  • Poliovirus (cultures only)
  • Rabies virus
  • Rickettsia prowazekii (cultures only)
  • Rickettsia rickettsii (cultures only)
  • Rift Valley fever virus
  • Russian spring-summer encephalitis virus (cultures only)
  • Sabia virus
  • Shigella dyseteriae type 1 (cultures only)
  • Tick-borne encephalitis virus (cultures only)
  • Variola virus
  • Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus
  • West Nile virus (cultures only)
  • Yellow fever virus (cultures only)

Specimens that fall under Category A must be sent in a certified container. You must use a container certified to carry infectious substances. A box containing a Category A substance must also have affixed to it a class 6 hazard label as well as a Shipper’s Declaration for Dangerous Goods.