Monkeypox screening begins at Suvarnabhumi

Monkeypox screening begins at Suvarnabhumi

Passengers wait their turn in the Thailand Pass queue for health clearance at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)
Passengers wait their turn in the Thailand Pass queue for health clearance at Suvarnabhumi International Airport. (Photo: Wichan Charoenkiatpakul)

Suvarnabhumi airport has begun to screen travellers from abroad for monkeypox, using the Thailand Pass system, Department of Disease Control (DDC) chief Opas Karnkawinpong said.

Dr Opas said screening would detect people deemed high-risk and help prevent monkeypox being brought into Thailand.

The virus is reported to have already spread to many countries and can be transmitted by close human contact.

The focus will be on travellers from high-risk countries such as Nigeria and Congo in Central Africa and some countries in Europe where monkeypox infections have been reported.

Travellers may not have any symptoms of the disease before departure, but symptoms may show up by the time they arrive in Thailand. The symptoms include a temperature of 38 degrees Celcius or higher, sore throat, headache, muscle pain, backache, body rash, blisters and scabs.

Special attention will be given to passengers who live in or travel from countries where monkeypox has been reported in the past 21 days.

On arriving at Suvarnabhumi airport, travellers are required to scan a QR code to get a "health beware card" for them to fill in. Those who have symptoms of monkeypox will go to see a doctor at the nearest hospital.

The following are preventive measures against monkeypox suggested by the DDC:
- Those who return from countries where monkeypox outbreaks have been reported should be monitored for related sysmptoms for 21 days.
- Wild animals should not be brought from outside the country without proper screening.
- Avoid direct contact with blood, bodily fluids or blisters of animals infected with the virus.
- Avoid eating uncooked meat.
- Wash your hands frequently with soap or alcohol gel after contacting animals or people infected with the virus.

Vocabulary

  • blister (noun): a swelling on the surface of the skin that is filled with liquid and is caused, for example, by rubbing or burning - แผลพุพอง
  • bodily: in the body; from the body -
  • deemed: considered - เห็นว่า ถือว่า
  • fluid: a liquid; a substance that can flow - ของเหลว, ของไหล
  • monitor: to regularly check someone/something - จับตาดู เฝ้าระมัดระวัง
  • prevent (verb): to stop somebody from doing something; to stop something from happening - ขัดขวาง, ป้องกัน, กัน, กีดขวาง
  • preventive measure: an action which is intended to try to stop something that causes problems or difficulties from happening - มาตรการป้องกัน
  • screen: to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something, at risk of something, etc. - คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก
  • symptoms (noun): signs that someone has an illness - อาการ
  • transmitted (verb): sent, spread from one person or animal to another - ส่ง, ถ่าย
  • virus (noun): a living thing, too small to be seen without a microscope, that causes infectious disease in people, animals and plants - เชื้อไวรัส
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