Scanners installed at Ahmedabad international airport

A thermal body scanner was installed at the busy international airport in Ahmedabad on Tuesday to detect passengers for Ebola and middle-east respiratory syndrome (MERS) viruses.

By Mahesh Trivedi

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Published: Fri 24 Oct 2014, 10:09 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 2:52 AM

An airport official told Khaleej Times that instead of the manual checking, the scanner would now identify any international passenger arriving at the airport with high fever, the first symptom of Ebola, and the suspect would be asked to undergo necessary tests.

So far, some 160 suspect passengers arriving from Ebola-affected countries, including Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Guinea, have been scanned since August but not a single case of Ebola has been detected.

The suspect passenger is tracked for 21 days until declared safe and currently 34 such passengers are under surveillance.

The airport authorities are on their toes to pre-empt the spread of the Ebola and MERS viruses even as some 5,000 Gujarat-based Haj pilgrims have started returning to Ahmedabad from Tuesday and the NRI season is kicking off from Wednesday — the Diwali day.

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