Health chief to press US on screening

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 May, 2009, 12:00am

Secretary for Food and Health York Chow Yat-ngok will again appeal for measures to stop the United States from exporting more swine flu cases when he attends the World Health Assembly in Geneva on Monday.

Dr Chow will meet WHO director general Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun and China's Minister of Health Chen Zhu to exchange views on the handling of the outbreaks. Dr Chow has urged the US to introduce exit screening of its outgoing air passengers, after a 24-year-old Hong Kong man, who returned from San Francisco, was confirmed as the city's second swine flu case.The WHO has said that it does not recommend entry or exit measures because the virus has already spread to too many countries.

The US consulate in Hong Kong said yesterday that the US had exit screening plans drafted and would implement them 'in the event that it is determined that exit screening is necessary'.

Dr Chow departed for Geneva last night and returns on Wednesday.