07 February 2016

Bali and the Zika virus

Denpasar (ANTARA News) - The management of Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali has installed two thermoscanners to measure body temperatures, in a bid to prevent the spread of the feared Zika virus.

Arriving international passengers will be screened to determine whether they might be carrying the infection.
Since the monitors were installed, the airport management has not discovered any passengers registering high body temperatures.
However, if passenger with high temperatures and possible carriers of the Zika virus are detected, plans call for them to be brought to an isolation room or nearest hospital.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared a global emergency in acting to control the outbreak of Zika virus.
Officials note that the virus has been spread by the Aedes aegepty mosquitos, causing high fevers and rashes among infected people.
In Jakarta, Health Minister Nila F Moeloek warned pregnant women to place mosquito netting in their bedrooms as protection from the Zika virus.
The spread of the virus-like dengue fever occurred in several countries in Africa, America, and Asia Pacific.

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