Sri Lanka’s Bandaranaike International Airport has stepped up surveillance for travelers with H1N1 symptoms following the flu outbreak in the Maldives.
Citing the airport’s Quarantine Director Dr. Palitha Karunapema, Sunday Times reported that 300 incoming passengers were referred to the health desk over the past week, and about 105 showed symptoms of H1N1.
The country’s Civil Aviation Department reportedly sought advice from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Civil Aviation Organization during such high-risk situations, and follows certain regulations such situations.
The Quarantine Director also reportedly said an increase in Maldivian passenger arrivals was likely due to the flu outbreak and increase in some respiratory ailments.
While the airport has stepped up surveillance for H1N1, the country’s national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines has also implemented communicable disease procedures. The airline’s crew would wear face masks and provide masks to passengers on request.
Sunday Times reported that although H1N1 has been spreading in areas like Kandy, Kilinochchi, other parts of the Northern Province and Bibile, the situation is getting better.
As per figures revealed on Saturday by Maldives’ Health Protection Agency (HPA), 114 people have tested positive for H1N1 between January 1 and March 18.