South Korea takes first steps against swine flu.

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The Korean government has begun screening passengers arriving from the US and Mexico, says the Korea Times, in light of the outbreak of Mexican swine flu that has killed 81 so far in those two countries, and which has led the US to declare a public health emergency.

The Incheon International Airport quarantine office has toughened a rapid antigen test to screen out possibly affected people on the spot. Those detected will immediately be sent to hospitals for treatment and isolation.

“If anyone has a high fever, feels lethargic and sick, has a runny nose or severely itchy throats for a week after a trip, he or she is advised to report to the nearest public healthcare center,” Shin Sang-sook, a KCDC official said.

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