• Short Summary

    Determined to stop the current Asian 'flu epidemic from crossing its frontiers, the Lebanon is taking strict measure to check every traveller into the country.

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    Determined to stop the current Asian 'flu epidemic from crossing its frontiers, the Lebanon is taking strict measure to check every traveller into the country.

    Following in the wake of the disastrous earthquakes, Asian 'flu is now sweeping through Iran and latest reports indicate that the Shah of Persia is among the victims. Although the virus has now claimed victims within the Lebanon, comparative figures show the success of the local medical authorities in isolating the outbreak. Iraq is the hardest-hit Middle East country with 4,000 cases; Syria has registered 3,000 victims; the Jordan has had one death among 1,700 cases; while both Saudi Arabia and the Jordan have had major outbreaks.

    But in the Lebanon, the number of cases has been kept down to the 500 mark. Acting on the advice of the World Health Organisation, the Lebanese medical authorities rushed teams to every major port, airfield and frontier crossing to check every entrant. At the frontier posts, travellers are astonished to have thermometers thrust into their mouths and scanned by anxious doctors and nurse even before the normal formalities have been completed.

    At the airfields, passengers are not even allowed to leave the airliners before they have been cleared by on-the-spot medical teams, while every incoming ship is most by a public-health patrol boat as soon as it enters harbour.

    Finally, to ensure that the epidemic does not get an opportunity to spread to areas outside the Middle East every traveller leaving the Lebanon is innoculated and given an International Innoculation Certificate.

    Directing operations is the head of Lebanese Public Health Department, Dr. Anouty, who receives daily reports on the progress of the epidemic in the country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAS86I3GZSM9TI97HX3GL61B0X
    Media URN:
    VLVAS86I3GZSM9TI97HX3GL61B0X
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/07/1957
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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