More than 4,000 travellers to Maldives screened for Swine Flu

Tuesday, 5 May 2009 09:06

More than 4,000 passengers who arrived in Maldives via air have been screened for Swine Flu at the Malé International Airport so far, the Health Ministry has said.

According to a press release issued by the Health Ministry, a total of 4,049 passengers had been screened for Swine Flu by Saturday evening. Sixteen passengers were found to have various forms of respiratory infections during the screening, the Health Ministry said.

“Among those screened were 26 passengers who arrived from some countries that had confirmed cases of the disease,” the press release said. “However, none of those who had been screened showed any symptoms which would indicate Swine Flu infection.”

The Head of Clinical Service at the Department of Medical Service, Dr Moosa Hussain, said on Sunday that they were trying to install a thermal scanner at the Malé International Airport.

“Currently we are only screening the people who arrive from countries with confirmed cases,” he said. “The screening process consists of taking their temperature and then they will have to fill out a form about the countries they had recently been in.”

Moosa said that all the airport staff members that had direct contact with passengers were required to wear masks.

According to recent statistics from the World Health Organization (WHO), 615 cases of Swine Flu from 15 countries had been confirmed.


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