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Thailand is still free from Ebola

AoT President Makin Petplai said that Thailand’s airports were gateways of travelers from other countries, and his agency was taking precautions as planned.

eboloaAOT workers have measured the temperatures of all passengers, especially those from Africa, which is the source of the Ebola virus disease (EVD).

Passengers whose body temperatures exceed 38 degrees Celsius must be monitored closely.

Meanwhile Thai Airways International has said that it is not reducing service in response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

Smud Poom-on, THAI director for emergency and crisis response, said the number of passengers on THAI flights to Johannesburg had not dropped and travelers remained confident of THAI services.

The cabin factor on those flights is at 70 per cent as usual despite reports on the outbreak of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) in West Africa.

He said that Johannesburg is in South Africa and is far away from the outbreak.

As precautions, Mr Smud said THAI staff are screening passengers at their check-in rows and would have passengers with suspicious symptoms checked up. If airport doctors do not approve their flights, THAI would reject such passengers and wait for them to recover.

Such passengers whose health was subsequently certified could use their same tickets within a specified period afterwards, Mr Smud said.

Ebola Virus disease or Ebola hemorrhagic fever is a disease of humans and primates caused by the ebolavirus. The symptoms of the disease become present between two days and three weeks after the disease has been contracted. The symptoms include a fever, sore throat, muscle pain and headaches followed by vomiting, diarrhea and a rash with decreased functioning of the liver and kidneys, around this time those affected may suffer from both external and internal bleeding.

The disease can be contracted by contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected animal, the disease being air borne has not been documented, however it is thought that fruit bats can carry and spread the disease without being affected themselves.

Male survivors of the disease are said to be able to transmit the disease via semen for up to two months after their recovery. No specific treatment of the disease is currently available.

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