By: The Kabul Times
KABUL: The Ministry of Public Health said that has taken “monitoring measures” in the country’s airports to prevent the outbreak of a new virus that so far has killed more than 40 people in neighboring People’s Republic of China.
Dozens of passengers travel between China and Afghanistan every week, according to local officials. The Ministry of Public Health says that so far, no cases of the virus have been reported in Afghanistan.
“Since Afghanistan shares border with China, the Ministry of Public Health has started an awareness program and it has also activated a surveillance and reporting system,” the health ministry said, adding that the minister of public health has assigned a surveillance team to airports with international flights in order to monitor passengers, and would quarantine those with fever and coughing.
Meanwhile Hamid Karzai International Airport officials saying that there is only one flight per week from Kabul to Urumqi which is being carried out by the country’s flag carrier, The Ariana Afghan Airlines. According to officials hundreds of Afghans also flying to China via transit routes from Delhi, Dubai and Islamabad.
An outbreak of “coronavirus” began in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. So far it has infected more than 1,300 globally, according to news agencies. The virus originated in Wuhan late last year and has spread to Chinese cities including Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the United States, France, Thailand, South Korea and Japan. The symptoms of this disease are fever, flu, respiratory problems, and coughing.