Health Checks for Inbound Passengers to Prevent Spread of Infection
According to Ko Wing-man, the Secretary for Food and Health of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government will monitor closely South Korea’s Middle East Respiratory Syndrome situation as reports of a third tier infection might have occurred. Ko said with all of the confirmed cases in South Korea of being infected within a healthcare setting the HKSAR will be on full alert for any other sources of contamination.
Authorities in Hong Kong have boosted port health surveillance and are requiring visitors to sign a health declaration that confirms that the information that they are providing is true. Travelers suffering from fever or respiratory systems will undergo health assessments and must sign affidavits that confirm their health situation. Signatories are reminded that giving out false information will be prosecuted.
So far eighteen people living in Hong Kong that had close contact with a South Korean resident who was infected with MERS were sent to a quarantine camp. Meanwhile airports in the mainland strengthen their quarantine inspections for inbound passengers coming from countries that have confirmed case of MERS. Airport authorities at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport and Beijing Capital International Airport released detailed on their websites the anti epidemic measures that the airport has adopted that is based on the request of the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.
The airports will be using infrared thermometers to monitor temperatures of inbound passenger and quarantine inspectors will look for passengers who are suffering from fever, cough and difficulty in breathing.