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Sat May 23 16:55:25 SAST 2015

Fever checks at airports neglected: DA

Sapa | 26 November, 2012 14:53
OR Tambo International Airport. File photo

Lanseria and OR Tambo International Airports do not perform yellow fever checks, the DA claimed on Monday.

Democratic Alliance spokesman on health Jack Bloom said in a statement that the checks were neglected, partly because of staff shortages at the airports.

"Other disruption of airport health services occurs because employees refuse to work during weekends and public holidays as they are not paid overtime."

According to the World Health Organisation, yellow fever is a virus which is usually transmitted via mosquitoes.

On average 30 000 people die every year from the virus, most of them in Africa. There is no specific treatment.

Bloom said the Gauteng health department was failing to protect citizens from exotic diseases carried by those entering South Africa.

"We could import all kinds of serious diseases because of [a] lack of controls at these airports, especially over weekends," Bloom said.

The provincial health department and Airports Company SA could not immediately be reached for comment.

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