Investigation of the Optimal Assessment of Febrile Passengers Detected by Infrared Thermal Scanning at an International Airport: final report

McBride, John, and Buikstra, Elizabeth (2007) Investigation of the Optimal Assessment of Febrile Passengers Detected by Infrared Thermal Scanning at an International Airport: final report. Report. James Cook University, Cairns, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Australia is preparing for an influenza pandemic and the H5N1 strain of influenza virus is of current concern to global authorities (Commonwealth of Australia, 2006a). The use of infrared thermal cameras is part of the Australian Management Plan for Pandemic Influenza (Commonwealth of Australia, 2006a). In 2003, the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) epidemic presented countries with the challenge of detection and quarantine of a communicable febrile illness and this experience has been used to improve strategies for an influenza pandemic. Some countries, including Australia, relied on visual inspection to detect SARS, whereas others such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan and Canada utilised infrared thermal cameras. The Australian approach was largely unsuccessful (Samaan, Patel, Spencer, & Roberts, 2004), whereas thermal cameras had some success detecting SARS (Chiu, Lin, Chiou et al., 2005).

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ISBN: 978-0-86443-786-0
Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2010 03:57
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111716 Preventive Medicine @ 50%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110309 Infectious Diseases @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920404 Disease Distribution and Transmission (incl. Surveillance and Response) @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920401 Behaviour and Health @ 33%
92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920407 Health Protection and/or Disaster Response @ 34%
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