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Ebola alert: Get machine to scan travellers' temperature

Published:Wednesday | October 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir: Recently, the minister of health stated that if he had acted before chikungunya arrived in Jamaica, nobody would have taken it seriously. Apparently, he is taking a different approach with Ebola, and I have read reports of stepped-up surveillance at our ports of entry, with travellers having to respond to a questionnaire about travel to affected countries and contact with Ebola patients.

For something as critical as this, however, I don't think we should rely solely on the honesty of individuals. In fact, the person could have been exposed without even being aware of it.

There are a number of relatively inexpensive devices which should be immediately considered for acquisition which would allow a health worker at the port of entry to monitor a traveller's temperature - without any physical contact, I might add.

One such device is the FevIR Scan Fever Screening System, which "... is a skin-temperature measurement system for mass screening of high pedestrian areas such as airports ... . The miniature, discreet and ultra portable FevIR Scan Skin Temperature Monitoring system ... is based on a Thermoteknix thermal imaging camera working in conjunction with a blackbody calibration unit for high accuracy temperature measurement".

TREVOR BLAIR

tblair_ja@yahoo.com

Irish Town, St Andrew