Sofia Airport Equipped with Thermal Scanners over Swine Flu Fears

Society | April 27, 2009, Monday // 14:05| Views: | Comments: 0
Bulgaria: Sofia Airport Equipped with Thermal Scanners over Swine Flu Fears Arriving overseas travellers are seen on a thermographic device screen at a quarantine station at an arrival gate of Narita International Airport in Narita, east of Tokyo, Japan, 27 April 2009. Photo by EPA/BGNES

Arriving passengers at Sofia airport will pass through thermal scanners as a preventive measure against the spread of swine flu to the country.

The two thermo graphic imaging device, installed in front of the border police desks, will measure passengers' body temperatures to detect fever possibly caused by swine flu infections.

Bulgaria's Health Ministry is expected to announce measures in a bid to tighten health checks and inspections amidst the warnings of the World Health Organization that the infection could become a pandemic.

At least 20 new cases of swine flu were confirmed in the United States and 10 reported in New Zealand 26 April, as governments worldwide moved to to prevent the spread of the potentially deadly virus that has claimed more than 100 lives in Mexico.

Spanish Health Minister Trinidad Jimenez confirmed Monday the first case of swine flu in Europe. About 20 people are under investigation for suspected symptoms of the disease in Spain. 



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