JAKARTA - Indonesian airports are tightening their screening process for travellers arriving from Singapore after the city state reported its first case of monkeypox, by installing thermal scanners.
Singapore reported last week that it had identified a case of the rare monkeypox virus in a Nigerian man. The man has been hospitalised in an isolation ward to prevent the virus from spreading. Twenty-two other people he had been in contact with are also being kept in isolation and show no signs so far of having caught the infection.
State-owned airport operator PT Angkasa Pura II (AP II), which oversees airports in western Indonesia, said it was cooperating with the port health office (KKP) to heighten monitoring at its 13 international airports.
"One of the ways is by installing thermal scanners at airports. If they identify suspected patients, necessary measures will be taken," AP II vice president for corporate communication Yado Yarismano told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday (May 15).