A health inspector at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport points a thermal head scanner to a passenger at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport in Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

Monkey See, Monkeypox Don't

BY :YUDHA BASKORO

MAY 15, 2019

Soekarno-Hatta International Airport's Port Health Authorities (KKP) started screening passengers for symptoms of monkeypox on Wednesday, after Singapore announced it detected a case of the rare disease last week.

"We're increasing surveillance on flights from Singapore and Ethiopia because we get a lot of passengers coming through from Singapore and also umrah [mini hajj] pilgrims returning to Indonesia after a transit in Ethiopia," KKP chief Anas Ma’ruf said. 

"Our officers will be on standby at international arrivals gates 24/7. A thermal camera has been installed to detect visitors with body heat above the normal temperature. We will also use thermal head scanners," he said.

Passengers suffering from a fever will be examined in the airport's quarantine room. If monkeypox is suspected, the patient will be sent to the Prof. Dr. Sulianti Saroso Infection Hospital in Sunter, North Jakarta.

"So far, we haven't found anyone with monkeypox at the airport," Anas said.

A view from thermal camera to monitoring monkepox virus installed in Terminal 3, Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten, on Wednesday (15/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A view from a thermal camera installed at Terminal 3. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Activity in international arrivals gate in Terminal 3, Soekarno Hatta International Airport during monkepox virus monitoring on Wednesday (15/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Passengers and air crew coming through the international arrivals gate at Terminal 3. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Airport Health Authorities (KKP) officers stands in between of umrah pilgrims who return to Indonesia during the monkeypox virus inspection in Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday (15/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A Port Health Authorities officer stands among returning umrah pilgrims. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Airport health workers
A thermal head scanner and Health Alert Card (HAC) used by the Port Health Authorities at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child with fever is inspected by Airport Health Authorities officers using thermal head scanner in Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday (15/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A child with fever is being examined in the quarantine room. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Airport Health Authorities officer inspects a umrah pilgrim to prevent spread of monkeypox disease in Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday (15/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Umrah pilgrims get their head scanned. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Visitor from Singapore is inspected by airport health authorities officer during monkeypox monitoring disease at Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday (15/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A health inspector points a thermal head scanner at a visitor from Singapore. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Port Health Authority officer walks near the monkeypox virus announcement in digital board in front of health quarantine room as he conducts a routine check during monkeypox preventive act in Soekarno Hatta International Airport, Tangerang, Banten on Wednesday (15/05) (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
A poster warning passengers of the monkeypox virus at the airport. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)

 

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