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Jakarta Post

Thermal scanners on standby at airports to anticipate H7N9 virus

  • The Jakarta Post

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, April 29, 2013   /  11:08 pm

A Health Ministry official said that the ministry had placed thermal scanners at all international airports in anticipation of an outbreak of the H7N9 virus, which recently hit mainland China as well as Taiwan.

'€œThe equipment is ready, but there is an agreement with the World Health Organization (WHO) for countries in Southeast Asia to not activate the scanners just yet,'€ said Tjandra Yoga Aditama, director
general for disease control and environmental health at the Health Ministry, on Monday, as quoted by Antara news agency.

According to 2009 data, there are 27 international airports in  the archipelago.

He said the scanners would be activated  if the situation required the ministry to do so. He added that the ministry had also placed health officers at harbors as well as banners and posters.

'€œWe have also checked on  APD and oseltamivir drugs. Hospitals have been asked to report any suspicious cases of severe acute respiratory infections to our office immediately,'€ he said.

According to reports, the H7N9 virus has infected 126 people in China, claiming 23 lives. (asw/dic)

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