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    April 26, 2003
     

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    I was talking to someone at my workplace who arrived from the US via Singapore. I asked him about what had been setup at the Bangalore airport to screen passengers for SARS. He said there was a separate queue for flights from certain countries and people who were in that queue weren't really tested for any disease per se. The checks were mainly to see if there were any symptoms (try not coughing when you REALLY need to cough bigtime, see your face go red!) and have an idea of what places the visitors have gone to in the last few months. I then asked him if there was any screening done at Singapore. He replied in the negative. I'm absolutely stunned if this is indeed the case. A typical case of passing the buck (or the patient) to the other countries. Surely countries affected by the virus should ensure that infected folks shouldn't leave the place to prevent the spread. Can someone clarify if this is not the case, and that countries which are affected are screening outgoing passengers too?



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