Temperature screenings at Hong Kong, Singapore borders

Measures taken in light of pneumonia outbreak from Wuhan in China

Hong Kong and Singapore are stepping up its temperature screenings at its borders for travellers from Wuhan.

SINGAPORE - The recent pneumonia outbreak from Wuhan in China has prompted Hong Kong and Singapore to step up its temperature screenings at its borders.

Travellers arriving in Hong Kong and Singapore from Wuhan will be subjected to temperature screenings in a bid to stem the spread of the mystery SARS-like disease.  

In Hong Kong, additional thermal imaging systems have been installed at the Hong Kong International Airport to check the body temperature of inbound travellers from Wuhan, RTHK reported.

At all boundary control points including Hong Kong West Kowloon Station of the Express Rail Link, fever patients with acute respiratory symptoms who have visited wet markets or seafood markets in Wuhan within 14 days prior to the onset of the illness will be referred to public hospitals.

Hong Kong's MTR Corporation, the Airport Authority, and airlines have also been advised to step up disinfection measures for Wuhan services.

In Singapore, travellers arriving from Wuhan will undergo temperature screening at Changi Airport from Jan 3. Suspected cases spotted by temperature screening at Changi Airport will be referred to hospitals for further assessment.

The Republic's Ministry of Health said it has also told doctors to look out for suspected cases of people who returned recently from the area.

As a precaution, patients with fever and acute respiratory illness or pneumonia, who had travelled to Wuhan at least 14 days before the onset of their symptoms, will be isolated to prevent transmission, it added.

In addition, health advisory posters for all travellers will be put up at the Changi Airport, and a health advisory will be issued to all inbound travellers on flights from Wuhan.

It added that travellers and members of the public should also adopt several precautions at all times, including avoiding contact with live animals and consumption of raw and undercooked meat, avoiding contact with people who are unwell or showing symptoms of illness, and practising frequent hand washing with soap.

Since New Year's Eve, China has been investigating an outbreak of atypical pneumonia that is suspected of being linked to SARS, the flu-like virus that killed 774 worldwide during a 2003 outbreak.

The South China Morning Post newspaper said at least 27 infections had been reported as of Dec 31, most of whom were stallholders at a seafood market.

AFP also quoted Wuhan's health commission as saying that seven of the patients were in a critical condition, while the others were stable and two would be discharged soon.

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