Swine flu check on air passengers reaching Delhi

May 1st, 2009 - 3:31 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, May 1 (ANI): Authorities at the Indira Gandhi International Airport are screening passengers to check for swine flu symptoms.

Official said special medical counters were set up to attend to passengers.”We have set up special counters so that passengers can be screened. Passengers are being asked to fill up forms to declare if they have recently visited countries like America, Mexico and Canada,” said Arun Arora, Associate Vice-President, Corporate Communication, Indira Gandhi International Airport.

Passengers said they were being asked whether they were suffering from swine flu.

“They are asking about have you had fever?, have you had rash?. They just ask you about the symptoms of swine flu and they screen you,” said Varva, a passenger.

On Thursday, a senior official of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that there is no swine flu in India, but added that should the virus hit the country, the government is fully prepared to handle it.

Vineet Choudhary, Joint Secretary, Health, said here that there is no suspected case of swine flu in India and that surveillance is in place at all airports.

Choudhary also said the Ministry is taking to companies that manufacture the antidote.

Earlier, the Government of Tripura had sounded an alert across the state to check an outbreak of the deadly virus, official sources said.

The announcements in India followed a World Health Organisation (WHO) warning that “all of humanity is under threat” from a potential swine flu pandemic.

The WHO raised the swine flu threat awareness level to 5 out of 6, indicating that the world is on the brink of a pandemic.

Holland and Switzerland both confirmed their first cases of swine flu on Thursday, bringing the total number of countries affected around the world to 11.

In Mexico there have been eight confirmed deaths from the virus, with another 160 suspected swine flu fatalities.

There have been 93 confirmed cases in the US, 19 in Canada, 13 in New Zealand, five in Britain, four in Germany, 10 in Spain, two in Israel, and one in Austria. (ANI)

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