While there have been no reported cases of Swine Flu in NSW as yet, the NSW Government took the step last week of implementing medical imaging technology at Sydney International Airport.
“As we have said all along, we will support the Commonwealth in their efforts to prevent Swine Flu from coming into Australia,” Mr Della Bosca said in a NSW Health statement.
“These scanners look for signs of increased temperatures. If someone is suspected of having a fever, they will then be triaged by a doctor or nurse,” the Minister explained.
Last Wednesday, the Australian Health Protection Committee affirmed the transit of thermal scanners to eight of Australia’s international airports, but said the threat didn’t warrant they be immediately turned on.
The decision to activate the scanners on Friday followed the announcement by the World Health Organisation that they were upgrading the Swine Flu threat from 4 to 5.