STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Ebola Scare: SA Airways Takes Steps to Prevent Virus Spread

Published: 27th August 2014 04:51 PM  |   Last Updated: 27th August 2014 04:51 PM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: With Ebola virus scare on the rise, South African Airways today said it had taken a series of steps, including installation of thermal scanners at airports in that country to detect affected passengers and regular fumigation of its aircraft to prevent its spread.

Thermal scanners, which detect high temperatures among passengers, have been installed at O R Tambo Airport in Johannesburg and affected travellers, when identified, were quarantined and assessed at medical facilities at the airport, the airline's country manager Sajid Khan said in a statement.

He said regular fumigation and disinfection of South African Airways' aircraft were also being carried out. "Following the reported outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa, the South African National Department of Health is on high alert and would like to assure all tourists travelling to South Africa about all precautions being taken to prevent the EVD (Ebola Virus Disease).

"The department is working in close coordination with key organisations like the World Health Organisation and the United States Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, among others," Khan said.

Apart from heightened surveillance by Port Health officials for travellers with EVD signs and symptoms, he said, "All foreign nationals who test positive and all citizens of affected nations were being denied entry in South Africa."

Allaying fears, he said since South Africa does not share a land border with any of the affected countries, it falls under the category of 'low risk countries', like India, Europe and most other nations.

Stay up to date on all the latest World news with The New Indian Express App. Download now

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp