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Air travellers from Mers-hit Mid-East to be screened: MOH

Temperature checks a precaution to aid early detection of cases: MOH

Published on May 16, 2014 6:31 AM
 
A man, wearing a mouth and nose mask, checks his phone as he leaves the hospital's emergency department on April 27, 2014 in the Saudi capital Riyadh. From Sunday, air travellers arriving from Mers-affected Middle East countries, including hot spots Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will have their temperature screened as a precaution. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

From Sunday, air travellers arriving from Mers-affected Middle East countries, including hot spots Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will have their temperature screened as a precaution.

The move announced by the Health Ministry (MOH) yesterday is meant to help early detection of travellers who might have caught the Middle East respiratory syndrome (Mers) - a disease with a close to 30 per cent death rate.

MOH's director of medical services Benjamin Ong stressed that the risk of an outbreak here remains low, as sustained transmission of the disease - when an infected person passes the virus to those beyond his immediate circle - has not been reported.

So far, no cases of Mers have been detected in Singapore.

 
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