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New 'high fever' scanners for SA airports

Acsa says various airports have implemented various strategies to protect SA from Ebola.

FILE: Acsa says various airports have implemented various strategies to protect SA from Ebola. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - Airports Company South Africa (Acsa) says new thermal scanning machines can detect if passengers have high fevers.

It's working with the health department and the Civil Aviation Authority to ensure South African airports are protected from the Ebola virus.

Acsa's Unathi Batyashe-Fillis says South Africa's various airports have implemented various strategies to protect travellers.

"The people and custodians who managed that are the Department of Health and Safety and they would be best placed to speak about the thermal scanners. At OR Tambo we have thermal scanners that are managed by Port Health which is a subsidiary of the Department of Health."

EBOLA COULD BE IMPACTING SA TOURISM

As the country overcomes yet another false Ebola alarm, reports have emerged that growing fear of the deadly virus is beginning to impact the country's tourism industry.

Yesterday the health department revealed that a 37-year-old man who worked in Liberia and was isolated at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital has tested negative for Ebola.

The man who spent time in Liberia was hospitalised after spiking a fever, but tests for Ebola and Malaria have now come back negative.

The health department says several other tests are being conducted but the patient is doing fine.

Earlier this month, Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi said a woman in South Africa suspected of having the virus tested negative.

The woman visited South Africa last month and although she had no contact with people infected with Ebola, she was scanned and placed in isolation out of vigilance.

At the same time there are reports that hundreds of tourists due to visit South Africa from Thailand, China, Japan and other countries in Asia have cancelled their trips.

A full picture of how the virus will affect South Africa's tourism industry is yet to emerge.

Meanwhile, a South African team dispatched to Sierra Leone has touched down and is due to start helping diagnose patients in the Ebola-ravaged country.

WEST AFRICA IN 'WAR-LIKE STATE'

Humanitarian aid organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) yesterday expressed concern that West Africa is in a war-like state as Ebola is spreading.

Over the weekend an Ebola treatment facility in northern Liberia was stormed causing many patients to flee the facility.

The Liberian police confirmed those who stormed the facility stole mattresses and equipment.

The Department of Health confirmed yesterday that a 37-year-old South African man who underwent tests for the Ebola virus has been cleared.

The deadly virus has already claimed the lives of over 1,200.