Renamed swine flu certain to hit Taiwan
By David Young, The China Post Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 9:36 am TWN
Airport quarantine officials continue to monitor arrivals from abroad. Those found to have a fever by the ultrared monitor have to have their body temperature checked.
Passengers arriving from the North American continent, including Mexico, the United States and Canada, will undergo an on-board check starting today, the disease control center said.
Those arriving aboard EVA Airway flight BRO17 from San Francisco at 5:10 a.m. will be warned by the captain, who is charged with reporting suspected cases.
Quarantine officers will board the plane to tell passengers to report whether they have flu symptoms. Those who have will be given a test.
But passengers who show no self-conscious symptoms will disembark first, a CCDCC spokesman said. "Those suspected will leave the plane last," he added.
These passengers will be escorted to a quarantine offices for a further checkup. "Necessary measures may be taken, if necessary," the spokesman said.
That means passengers found to be H1N1 flu virus carriers may be quarantined.
The Taiwan High-Speed Rail Corporation, which operates the bullet train service, inaugurated a new flu information center, which receives reports of suspected cases on a 24-hour basis.
All local trains will flash LED (light-emitting diode) light flu warnings.
Why the change of name for swine flu?
The virus was first isolated from swine, and the disease is called swine flu, the CCDCC spokesman said. The virus has mutated and human-to-human transmission of the virus is possible.
"So we'd better take off 'swine' from 'flu,' and call it H1N1 flu or new flu," the spokesman pointed out. H1N1 is the designation of the mutated virus.
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