Ebola scare: Indian airports to screen flyers

Screening counters have been set up in all major airports of India, to perform an ELIZA test to detect Ebola on flyers from West African regions


India has refrained from issuing a travel alert

In line with the WHO declaration urging individual countries to bolster Ebola surveillance measures, Indian airports have been put on guard to prevent the virus from entering its borders.

Chennai and Kolkata airport staff will screen flyers from African countries after authorities sounded alarm bells over the massive outbreak in Africa. Airport officials said that an Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELIZA) will be conducted on flyers to ensure that they are not infected by the virus.

Though there are no direct flights from the worst affected countries to Chennai or other Indian cities, there are flights from there to the Gulf, from where passengers from the US, UK and Europe board connecting flights to Chennai. A large number of Nigerians also visit India.

As there were no direct flights to the affected regions, India refrained from issuing a travel alert, said the Union Ministries cabinet following a risk assessment meeting recently.

India's Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said, "Despite low risk, the health ministry will have functioning testing and surveillance systems by next week."

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