Health Desk- 21 January, 2020: Bangladesh airports are put on alert as a mysterious respiratory virus that has killed at least three people and sickened more than 200 in China can be transmitted between humans.
The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) in a letter has directed the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh to act to avoid the possible risk related to the Chinese virus, Meerjady Sabrina Flora, a director at the institute, informed media on Monday.
The government’s disease wing has also trained health workers at the airports for detection of patients with symptoms of coronavirus infection.
“We are closely monitoring the matter and we are alert and prepared,” she said.
The measures to prevent a possible spread of the virus include screening travellers from China by using thermal scanner to detect fever, Flora said.
Earlier on Monday, Chinese authorities reported that the number of cases had tripled over the weekend to 218. The outbreak has spread to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzen, hundreds of miles from Wuhan, where the virus first surfaced last month.
Thailand has also reported two cases, while Japan and South Korea reported one each, taking the global total to 222.