14 Nov 2008

Visitors to New Caledonia screened for dengue fever symptoms

9:26 am on 14 November 2008

Pacific Islanders flying into New Caledonia are being screened for possible dengue fever symptoms upon arrival. .

A state of the art heat-sensitive camera films all passengers, with a special focus on flights coming from neighbouring countries currently affected by type 4 dengue fever epidemics.

This applies particularly to Fiji, where over 2,100 cases have so far been reported.

New Caledonia is currently facing a dengue type 1 epidemic, with more than 1,000 cases reported.

The heat-sensitive camera, based on infrared technology, is monitoring all passengers in order to determine unusually high body temperatures.