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Temperature screening for passengers from Mers-affected countries from May 18

Published on May 15, 2014 5:08 PM
 
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. The Health Ministry will start temperature screening at air checkpoints for all passengers arriving from affected countries in the Middle East from May 18, in order to facilitate early detection of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

The Health Ministry will start temperature screening at air checkpoints for all passengers arriving from affected countries in the Middle East from May 18, in order to facilitate early detection of the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV).

No cases have been detected in Singapore so far.

Temperature screening may not pick up all imported cases due to the 14-day incubation period for the virus. Hence, healthcare institutions will remain vigilant to test for the virus in patients with symptoms and a compatible travel history.

The United States had recently confirmed the country’s first two cases of MERS - a coronavirus like Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome - raising fears about the global spread of the virus. But the World Health Organisation said on Wednesday that while concern about the virus had significantly increased, the disease was not yet a global health emergency.

 
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