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Thermoscan installed at Suvarnabhumi Airport

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Immigration at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok

Immigration at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok. Image: Wikimedia Commons.

BANGKOK, Aug 23 — In an attempt to prevent the deadly Ebola virus from infiltrating Thailand, authorities at Suvarnabhumi Airport have installed a Thermoscan at the airport terminal, said Dr Jariengroj Krishna, Medical Department director of Airports of Thailand (AoT).

Dr Jariengroj said the equipment has been installed since Thursday and it will be used for measuring body temperatures of passengers arriving from Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria, where victims of the disease are being found now.

He said passengers travelling from those countries found to have extremely high body temperatures will be asked by Ministry of Public Health’s Health Quarantine Office officials to undergo a medical checkup and to comply with measures laid out by the Public Health Ministry.

Both Suvarnabhumi Airport and the Health Quarantine Office are also considering setting up five more screening points for arriving passengers.

Three of them will be established at counters checking passports while the rest will be installed in the transit passenger area.

So far airport officials have installed more than 80 cleansing gel points for the passengers to keep their hands clean before they travel into the city and more are expected to be installed in the future in the baggage claims areas, officials said.


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