CAIRO: Official sources at the Cairo International Airport quarantine department denied media reports claiming a group of Sudanese passengers were quarantined Monday over Zika virus suspicions, Al Ahram reported.
“No single case of this particular virus has been reported at the airport’s quarantine so far,” said the source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The source explained that 12 passengers, including two Egyptians, coming from Khartoum were quarantined “for not holding travel documents proving they had received yellow fever vaccination.”
“All passengers coming from Europe and South and Central America [where infections have appeared] will be checked upon arrival to the airport,” the source said, adding that any suspected infection case will be isolated and sent to the Fever Hospital for more medical tests.
No Zika virus cases have been reported in Egypt, Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health Khaled Megahed told Youm7 Monday, adding that Egypt is taking preventative measures against a possible outbreak of the virus, which has been strongly correlated to birth deformities in women who were infected when they were pregnant.
In an official statement released Feb.1, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared virus Zika a public health emergency of international concern.