photo shows a thermal scanner installed at the arrival area of an airport
photo shows a thermal scanner installed at the arrival area of an airport

Philippine Airlines will be installing a Thermal Scanner to be used for all incoming passengers at the Lumbia Airport.

This was revealed by Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula in a conversation with some members of media.

The mayor said that he was called by the station manager of PAL to ask if the city can provide the medical personnel to man the scanners and he readily agreed.

“We are willing to give them all the personnel they need to man whatever number of scanners they will install at the airport to make sure that we will be able to monitor and prevent the entry of A (H1N1) virus in our area,” the mayor said.

As of this date the Philippines has already confirmed that 14 persons were found positive of this virus though all of them are now recuperating. Two more patients in Tokyo who just came from the Philippines were also found to have the virus.

More than 13,000 have contracted the disease worldwide in 48 countries with 95 deaths.

Pandemic Alert level has continued to remain at level 5 primarily because of the low death rates which is less than 1%.

Pandemics in the past have taken the lives of millions of people through out the world and the World Health Organization is closely monitoring all Flu Viruses to prevent a pandemic from happening again.

The A(H1N1) virus started in Mexico which now registers 4,541 confirmed cases and 83 deaths. This is only second to the US which registered 6,764 cases but only 10 deaths. Canada recorded 921 cases with 1 death.

Japan however is being watched closely because of its rapid increase of cases. Todate it has reported 360 confirmed cases but no deaths.

Although the death rate of this particular virus is low, WHO officials are worried that a new virus may mutate coming out of this present one that could become deadlier than its source.

The A (H1N1) virus is already a mutation from the Avian Flu Virus (H5N1) the Swine Virus (H1N1) and the Human Flu Virus, combined.

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