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Swine flu alert in Asia

Updated On: May 05, 2009

Asian nations are on high alert for the swine flu outbreak.

Some of them instituted checks on passengers coming back from Mexico and heighted checks on pork products from the same source as well.

Malaysia, for example, requires reporting from the medical field on cases of pneumonia if their patients had visited Mexico, California or Texas.

Japan installed thermographic devices at the arrival gates of the Narita airport for passengers coming back from Mexico.

In the Philippines, passengers with fever were quarantined. Pork from Mexico and the US were prevented from entering the country.

In Indonesia, all air and sea facilities have activated a surveillance system, including thermoscanners, to monitor foreign visitors from countries that have been affected.

Thailand issued advisory to people travelling to Mexico and the US to heed advice from the government.

Health offices throughout the archipelago have also been warned to be on alert.  

The reason for East Asian urgency on this issue is because the region had battled the H5N1 bird flu virus.

There is widespread awareness of how devastating an epidemic can be, especially to the economy.

The six-month long SARS which also hit the same region caused economic losses of US$40 billion.

Sources:

AP, Reuters, Additional reporting by Carolyn Hong, “Asian countries on alert for swine flu” dated 26 April 2009 in the Sunday Times (Singapore: SPH), 2009, p. 2.

Chua, Chin Hon, “Race to contain swine flu” dated 27 April 2009 in the Straits Times (Singapore: SPH), 2009, p. A1.

Kwan, Weng Kin, “Asia moves to keep deadly strain out” dated 27 April 2009 in the Straits Times (Singapore: SPH), 2009, p. A6.

The Business Times, “Countries worldwide batten hatches against swine flu” dated 27 April 2009 in the Business Times (Singapore: Business Times), 2009, p. 3.







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