Heat cameras to spy feverish arrivals at Orly

6th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 4 (AFP) - French airport authorities are planning to experiment with heat-detecting cameras to identify passengers with a fever as part of efforts to combat the spread of infectious diseases, like SARS and bird flu.

PARIS, Dec 4 (AFP) - French airport authorities are planning to experiment with heat-detecting cameras to identify passengers with a fever as part of efforts to combat the spread of infectious diseases, like SARS and bird flu.

The cameras could be useful in detecting passengers running a temperature, one of the first symptoms of both Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome and bird flu, on their arrival, particularly if they have come from a high-risk country, particularly Asia, officials said.

The first infra-red cameras are to be tried out at Paris' Orly airport early next year.

Orly was chosen as the passenger flow is less heavy than Paris' Charles-de-Gaulle-Roissy airport.

A health official the trials were to assess the reliability of the equipment before deciding whether to go ahead with widespread installation.

Infra-red cameras were tested in Canada and Asia during the SARS epidemic, but so far the World Health Organisation and other countries have not come to any conclusion about their usefulness, the health official said.

© AFP

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