Dubai swine flu scanning

Dubai Airport is scanning all passengers coming into Dubai

Three thermal scanners have started working at the arrival lounges of Terminals 1 and 3 at Dubai International Airport to screen passengers for symptoms of swine flu.

"The move comes as part of the UAE's strategy to put all safety measures in place against the deadly disease," said Minister of Health Humaid Al Qutami.

Dubai Ambulance Services Centre has also deployed paramedics at all three terminals to deal with any suspected cases. 

Countries around the world have stepped up health security checks at airports and other points of entry to curb the spread of swine flu.

The number of confirmed cases across the globe jumped to more than 500 and has spread to Asia, where the first confirmed case was recorded in Hong Kong on Friday after a Mexican man who arrived via Shanghai tested positive.

Canada also confirmed that at least 200 pigs in the province of Alberta have been infected with the new swine flu virus and are under quarantine.

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