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Swine flu: The story so far
Qatar has seen its first H1N1 virus death and Saudi has recorded four. And despite the rumors, we found no extra detection measures at Dubai airport.
August 2, 2009 2:42 by Aarti Nagraj
Dubai-based daily Gulf News also claimed that expatriates will require medical certificates to prove they are not infected, and that the committee has set up thermal scanners in shopping centers throughout the Emirates. The newspaper cited an unnamed senior health official as a source.
“The news about this issue is completely untrue,” said Ali bin Shuker, director of the Ministry of Health and chairman of the Technical Health Committee for Combating Swine Flu. He said that the authorities are planning to implement a public awareness campaign to deal with the virus.
Last month, the UAE’s official news agency WAM quoted Health Minister Hanif Hassan as saying: “With the start of the busy summer travel season, the health ministry will step up cooperation with the interior ministry to handle the massive rush of passengers at the country’s seaports, airports and at the land border crossings.”
However, Kipp witnessed no extra screening at Dubai airport when we returned from our vacation; there were informative posters about the H1N1 virus, and some of our colleagues noticed heat-cameras (although they weren’t always switched on).
Did you see any extra screening at the airport in Dubai, or anywhere in the region after you returned from your vacation?
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