Indonesian airports to install thermo scanners to detect MERS

Indonesian airports to install thermo scanners to detect MERS
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State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II president director Budi Karya Sumadi has said the firm will install thermo scanners to detect passengers with Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) following a recent outbreak abroad.

Previously, the Health Ministry revealed a plan to install thermo scanners at 13 international airports, including Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Tangerang and Kualanamu in North Sumatra, both of which are under the management of PT Angkasa Pura II.

"We welcome the plan, as we also have been providing medical services at the airport. We are in the process [of installing them]," Budi told the press in Central Jakarta on Friday.

He said installation was expected to be finished next week.

The thermo scanners, he said, would detect body temperatures of more than 38 degrees Celsius, which was a symptom of MERS.

MERS belongs to the family of coronaviruses, which causes fever, breathing problems, pneumonia and kidney failure.

The virus is spread primarily through contact with camels, but it can also spread through humans.

A MERS outbreak in South Korea that has left 31 dead has prompted the Indonesian government to issue a travel warning on South Korea.

It has also warned people going on the haj about the risk of contracting the virus.


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