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Preventive Medicine

Garuda Flights to China ‘Operating as Usual’ During H7N9 Bird Flu Scare

(5/26/2013) The general manager for Bali for Garuda Indonesia, Taufik Hidayat, recently told Bisnis Bali that the national airline’s schedules between Indonesia and the People’s Republic of China would remain unaffected by the recent outbreak of H7N9 Bird Flu Virus in China linked to a number of human fatalities.

Saying any decision to introduce any special restrictions on travel between Indonesia and China remains the purview of the Central Government in Jakarta, Garuda and the Department of Public Health have procedures in place anticipating and minimizing the risk of human-to-human infection.

Bali has screening equipment on hand for determining if arriving passengers have elevated body temperatures, channeling such passengers to special areas for a more thorough health screening.

Airport managers and airline operators are waiting for further instructions from national health agencies for what, if any, special steps must be taken.