Ebola in Pakistan: Non-working thermal scanner at airport raises threat

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The danger of Ebola in Pakistan is significantly increased as the thermal scanner at new Islamabad International Airport isn’t operational.

Ebola in Pakistan may penetrate due to the non-operational thermal scanner at Islamabad Airport. According to sources, the thermal scanner installed for the screening of passengers for Ebola virus is not working. However, the health negligence at ports of entry can expose Pakistan to the deadly Ebola virus, which is highly contagious and transmissible by blood, saliva, urine or the vomit of an infected person.

According to WHO or World Health Organisation, over 11,000 people died in West Africa’s 2013-16 Ebola outbreak. Since then, health authorities around the world have worked to speed up their responses and deployed an experimental vaccine and treatments, both of which have been considered effective.


On the other side, NIH or Pakistan’s National Institute of Health has alerted health authorities to mount timely and efficient response to outbreaks and epidemics of diseases that are predicted to be on high alert between March-June 2019. NIH has termed Chikungunya, Cholera, CCHF, Dengue, Leishmaniasis, Measles, Polio and Pertussis as showing patterns of high-priority communicable diseases.

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