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.
S.V. LEBANON HARBOUR.
MOTOR BOAT IS SEEN SPEEDING TOWARDS STEAMSHIP TO CHECK PASSENGERS.
S.C.U. NURSE TAKING SOMEONES TEMPERATURE.
S.L.V. CUSTOMS SHED? CAMERA PANS ROUND TO SHOW PEOPLE ENTERING FOR CHECK UP.
S.C.U. DOCTOR HANDING A PASSENGER HIS INTERNATIONAL INOCCULATION CERTIFICATE.
S.V. MOTOR BOAT ARRIVING WITH DOCTORS AND NURSES.
S.L.V. AEROPLANE AT AIRPORT.
S.C.U. GANGWAY OF AEROPLANE. PASSENGERS DISEMBARKING.
C.U. PASSENGERS IN AEROPLANE AWAITING EXAMINATION.
C.U. OF INFANT AWAITING EXAMINATION.
S.V. GROUP OF PASSENGERS WHO HAVE BEEN CLEARED.
S.L.V. PUBLIC HEALTH SHED.
S.C.U. PEOPLE COMING IN.
C.S. DOCTOR ON STEPS TO TAKE MANS TEMPERATURE.
C.S. NURSE TAKING TEMPERATURE.
C.S. NURSE TAKING TEMPERATURE OF TWO MEN - ANOTHER ANGLE.
C.S. TWO CHILDREN WATCHING.
C.S. ROW OF PASSENGERS AWAITING THEIR TURN.
S.V. DOCTOR TAKING THE TEMPERATURE OF TWO MEN.
GROUP ROUND THE TABLE DOCTORS DISCUSSING POSITION.
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Background: 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.