SA airports have begun surveillance for all travellers from Asia, especially China, following the outbreak of the highly contagious Novel Coronavirus.
OR Tambo and Cape Town International Airports are the only ports of entry with direct flights from Asia.
“Port health professionals routinely conducts temperature screening for all international travellers. However, due to the current risk of importation of inadvertent cases of 2019-nCoV from Wuhan City – China, Port Health authorities have enhanced surveillance,” says the Department of Health.
“Measures are in place to detect, manage and contain any cases of Novel Coronavirus should it come to our shores. So far, there are not suspected cases reported. South Africa has developed and distributed clinical guidelines and case definitions to doctors and nurses in both the public and the private sectors. These include information on how to diagnosis and respond to a possible 2019-nCoV case.
Provinces have activated outbreak response teams and are on high alert to detect and manage inadvertent cases that may arrive in the country, says the department.