Thursday, February 04, 2016

Passengers to be screened for Zika virus at Mangaluru, Bengaluru airports

Bengaluru: Following the advisory from the Centre, the State Health department will intensify screening for Zika virus carriers at the Kempegowda International Airport and the Mangalore International Airport from Thursday onwards.

The Health department, which is coordinating with the airport authorities, has decided to depute two doctors and paramedical staff each from Bengaluru Urban and Rural to the KIA to assist the airport doctors who are already on the job. Screening is already on for the ‘yellow fever’, which is one of the five diseases spread from the ‘aedes aegypti’ mosquito. The others are dengue, chikungunya, West Nile fever and Zika.

The department has also asked the immigration officers to share details of all passengers who are coming into Bengaluru and Mangaluru from the 22 countries in the Americas where the virus has spread. The passengers with any of the symptoms, including fever, headache, chills, joint and muscular pain and red eye, will be quarantined and taken to the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) for further medical investigation. The department has identified RGICD as the nodal hospital for the purpose.
04/03/16 daijiworld
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