Scanning Passengers for Swine Flu
While the Australian news reports:“Swine flu detection scanners ‘not perfect'”, in the same online report today they said:
“Scanners have been rolled out across international airports in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Cairns, Adelaide, Perth and Darwin, to help authorities ramp up their defences against the disease.”
It was also claimed that while scanners had been in use for about 36 hours fewer than 100 had been detected, and five of those were swabbed for testing.
“Three of those were asked to keep themselves in isolation at home.”
From Turkey comes the article yesterday (30.04.2009) entitled:
Thermal camera placed at Istanbul airport to prevent swine flu
ANKARA, April 29 (Xinhua) — A thermal camera was placed at Ataturk international airport Turkish largest city of Istanbul to measure the body heat of passengers entering Turkey, local press reported Wednesday.
Similarly the online ArabianBusiness.com website said on Wednesday:
Saudi installs thermal cameras at airports
Saudi Arabia has announced plans to install thermal imaging cameras at all airports to try and identify anyone entering the country who may be infected with swine flu.
While on Monday, 27.04.2009, Bulgarian iBox reported:
Thermal cameras installed at Sofia airport to control pig flu
Special cameras, which to control whether there are people with high fever arriving at Sofia airport are installed in front of the Border police counters at the airport
Also on Monday it was reported from Bangkok that:
The Thai government on Monday installed thermal scanners at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport as a preventive measure against the spread of swine flu to the kingdom
On Sunday April, 26th it was reported by Topix.com that:
Note In late 2008, IEC published the standard: IEC 80601-2-59 Ed. 1.0 “Medical electrical equipment – Part 2-59: Particular requirements for the basic safety and essential performance of screening thermographs for human febrile temperature screening” . It provides many performance and calibration requirements for devices used in this application.
In March 2009, the ISO standard, ISO/TR 13154:2009 “Medical electrical equipment — Deployment, implementation and operational guidelines for identifying febrile humans using a screening thermograph”, was published. It bears directly on this use, and while not perfect, does represent a major milestone completed since SPRING Singapore began their effort to create workable standards in 2003.
The standards may be purchased and downloaded online at: www.iso.org/iso/iso_catalogue/catalogue_tc/catalogue_detail.htm?csnumber=51236 and webstore.ansi.org RecordDetail.aspx?sku=IEC+80601-2-59+Ed.+1.0+b%3a2008 respectively.