Swine flu: Passenger screening continues at Delhi airport

May 2nd, 2009 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, May 2 (IANS) Screening of passengers for the swine flu virus continued at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here Saturday even as five suspected cases have so far tested negative.
“The screening is being done on passengers arriving at the international terminal round-the-clock,” Arun Arora, a spokesperson for the Delhi International Airport Ltd (DIAL), the developer of the IGI airport, said.

“Health officials are screening passengers from the US, Canada and Mexico and those who had visited these swine flu-infected countries in the last few days are are being requested to report at the health desk for thorough screening,” he added.

A man of Indian origin, who arrived from London at the international airport here Saturday morning, was admitted to a hospital here with suspected symptoms of the swine flu.

But he was released later after testing negative. Another 25-year-old man from Texas, who was brought to the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital here Friday with symptoms was also tested negative. He was discharged Saturday.

Three more passengers were also brought to RML hospital, but released after tests, a health ministry official said.

Arora said advanced life saving ambulances were available with paramedics round-the-clock at the airport.

“Eight counters have been set up at the airport for medical screening with each counter being manned by one doctor and two nurses,” he added.

The IGI airport also has a modern Yellow Fever Hospital and quarantine facility within the airport complex.

The government has stepped up surveillance at all major airports in the country following the outbreak of the swine flu in Mexico and the US, and seven other countries.

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