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MERS screening awaits hajj returnees at Hat Yai airport

The more than 4,300 Thai Muslim pilgrims returning home from the hajj in Saudi Arabia via Hat Yai International Airport Wednesday through Sunday will be carefully screened for symptoms of Middle East Respiratory syndrome (MERS).

The hajj pilgrims returning aboard 15 flights will be interviewed on arrival by public-health officials.
Dr Suwit Thampalo, director of Disease Control Zone 12, said on Tuesday his office had prepared screening measures to spot possible cases and prevent the spread of the virus.
Officials will check the returnees’ body temperature and anyone suspected of having contracted the virus will be quarantined in hospital for eight hours.
Officials would also be visiting returnees at their homes over the next 14 days to make sure they were showing no signs of infection, Suwit added.

Published : September 12, 2017

By : The Nation