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20 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 January, 2020 01:41:19 AM
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New virus in China threatens Bangladeshi travelers

ANISUR RAHMAN KHAN, Dhaka

Citizens travelling to China for business or tourism are at risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, a new respiratory disease that has already killed two people. A large number of passengers arrive at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka from different cities of China every day. The Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR) has alerted the airport authority to screen flight passengers arriving in Dhaka from China. Experts say travellers to China are likely to spread the disease in Bangladesh.  Speaking with The Independent yesterday, they emphasised that the government should take immediate steps to prevent infection from the novel coronavirus.

Two people have died from the respiratory illness, which first appeared in December in the city of Wuhan in China. A large number of people have already been infected by the mystery virus that emerged in China. Although more than 60 cases have been confirmed, experts from the United Kingdom estimate a figure closer to 1,700 in China. Bangladesh faces a risk of infection due to daily arrivals of travellers from China and Hong Kong on regular flights, former IEDCR director Dr Mahmudur Rahman told The Independent.

“It is necessary to screen by providing special health cards to passengers arriving on flights to Bangladesh from China and Hong Kong from now on. The airport authority should find out from the travellers if there are any new symptoms of the disease, including respiratory problems,” Rahman said.

Public and private hospitals and clinics need to be informed about the new disease, he said, adding that awareness should be spread among the public.

“We have already alerted the airport authority to screen flight passengers who are travelling from infected countries like China to Bangladesh. Special health cards will be handed to the passengers listing out guidelines related to the disease as well as its symptoms,” Prof Dr Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of IEDCR.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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