Monday, May 04, 2009

Swine flu update in Malaysia

MALAYSIA'S Foreign Ministry has asked all Malaysian missions abroad to continuously monitor and update the ministry on the swine flu outbreak in relation to Malaysians residing or travelling overseas.

At press time, the ministry said in a statement: “The 60 registered Malaysians residing in Mexico where the swine flu outbreak was first detected and another five in the accredited Central American countries are reported to be safe and free from the virus."

Meanwhile, Malaysia Airlines (MAS) passengers already booked for travel to Los Angeles or New York can make changes to their flights at no charge until end-May.

MAS director of operations, Datuk Tajuden Abu Bakar, said operations to both destinations were as normal and there had not been a drop in travel demand.

Static scanners are still being used at two major entry gateways into the country, Kuala Lumpur International Airport and the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang.

Mass screening thermal scanners will only be installed at both gateways after the receipt of international certification, the approval of which can take at least two weeks, according to Health minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

Source : TTG
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