Health Ministry: Wuhan bug not found in 61 passengers detected with fever at KLIA


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 21 Jan 2020

A thermal scanner in operation at KLIA.

SEPANG: The 61 flight passengers who were found with high body temperatures at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), are not carrying the Wuhan Coronavirus, says Dr Lee Boon Chye.

The Deputy Health Minister said 250,000 incoming passengers were screened at the KLIA between Jan 15 and Jan 20.

"They were sent for a second screening and they were found to be having fever only," he said after visiting KLIA to inspect thermal scanners in operation on Tuesday (Jan 21).

Dr Lee said among those detected with fever included Malaysians, Chinese, Myanmar and Irish nationals.

He urged those who had visited China and were suffering from flu, fever or pneumonia within 14 days of their return to seek medical treatment immediately.

"We have also asked medical practitioners make a report to health authorities if there are patients who have contracted the virus," he said.

The novel coronavirus, denoted as 2019-nCoV by the World Health Organisation, is also known as the Wuhan Coronavirus.

The virus, which was first identified in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, is known to have infected more than 200 people and has spread to at least three other countries.

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