Dhaka, Bangladesh (BBN) -The Bangladesh government has installed thermal scanner in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka to prevent spread of Zika virus, Health and Family Welfare Minister Mohammad Nasim said Tuesday.
The government installed thermal scanning machines at the country’s key airport to test every person who comes from Zika virus-affected countries, the minister told a press briefing at the secretariat.
He also revealed that the Bangladesh government will also bear the expenses of the treatment if any person is diagnosed with Zika virus in the country.
The minister was addressing a press briefing in the the Bangladesh Secretariat.
The Bangladesh government has taken all necessary steps to put control over the spread of Zika, the minister added.
The health minister also said that the people should not worry about the Zika virus.
The virus, first discovered in Uganda in 1947, caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes.
A recent statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that 30 countries have been so far affected with the Zika virus.
The World Health Organisation on February 1 issued a global health emergency after the disease linked to the virus spread rapidly in Latin America.
US health authorities also warned pregnant women to avoid travelling to more than 20 countries in the Americas and beyond, where Zika cases have been registered.
A disease linked to the Zika virus in Latin America poses a global public health emergency requiring a united response, says the World Health Organization.
The WHO alert puts Zika in the same category of concern as Ebola.
There have been around 4,000 reported cases of microcephaly in Brazil alone since October.
WHO director general, Margaret Chan called Zika an “extraordinary event” that needed a co-ordinated response.
WHAT IS ZIKA VIRUS?
Spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, which also carries dengue fever and yellow fever
First discovered in Africa in the 1940s but is now spreading in Latin America
Scientists say there is growing evidence of a link to microcephaly, that leads to babies being born with small heads
Can lead to fever and a rash but most people show no symptoms, and there is no known cure
Only way to fight Zika is to clear stagnant water where mosquitoes breed, and protect against mosquito bites