Updated: 05/16/2014 01:30

Temperature screening at air checkpoints from Sunday

Temperature screening at air checkpoints from Sunday

There'll be temperature screening at Singapore's air checkpoints from Sunday for passengers arriving from countries in the Middle East that have been affected by the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV). 

The Health Ministry, MOH, says this is an additional measure for the early detection of the virus. 

Calling the temperature screenings a "pre-emptive measure", the health ministry added that this may not pick up all imported cases. 

That's due to the virus' long incubation period of up to 14 days. 

MOH and other healthcare institutions will therefore remain vigilant and test patients who have a serious respiratory illness and a compatible travel history for the virus. 

All suspected and confirmed cases will be isolated. 

As of yesterday, a total of 48 suspected cases were investigated locally but all tested negative. 

The Health Ministry noted that there have been no cases of MERS-CoV detected in Singapore so far, and the risk of an outbreak within the community remains low, as sustained human-to-human transmission of the virus has not been reported.

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