Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Flu Screen On at NAIA

The Ninoy Aquino International Airport has started screening arriving passengers for swine flu. Airport security chief said the Bureau of Quarantine is ready to isolate passengers with suspected swine flu. Chief Alfonso Cusi said tight thermal screening, especially for North American passengers, was being implemented as “foot-baths,” once used as a precautionary measure against Sars virus was restored.

Yesterday, some foreign travelers coming from Japan and Thailand were seen wearing face masks at the arrival area.

The Department of Health has advised travelers to reconsider plans to go to Mexico, the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Spain and Israel, which have been affected by the human swine flu virus.

In Central Luzon, Dr. Romeo Manalili, DA regional quarantine officer, said cases of swine flu occurred in the region three years ago but these were addressed by vaccination and there was no case of pig to human transmission.