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Minister touts MERS scans, quarantine

Minister touts MERS scans, quarantine

Prompted by a recent case of MERS in neighbouring Thailand, Health Minister Mam Bunheng visited the Phnom Penh International Airport to assure travellers that Cambodia’s monitoring for the disease is up to snuff.

Cambodia has installed temperature scanners at airports and international checkpoints to prevent the spread of disease, and Bunheng confirmed yesterday there has yet to be a MERS case in Cambodia.

He said the airport has been operating Thermoscan machines since early June and handheld temperature scanners will be used in Siem Reap Airport, Poipet, and Svay Rieng international checkpoints.

The minister added they would be alert for passengers from areas with reported cases: the Middle East, South Korea and Thailand.

Phnom Penh airport director Bun Rotha said medical staff will be trained to quarantine passengers with temperatures above 38.5 Celcius before sending them to local hospitals.

South Korea has reported 175 MERS cases, resulting in 27 deaths. A 75-year-old businessman was the first confirmed case in Thailand.

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