Minimizing the spread of infections
with Fever Detection
Infrared thermography can help detect elevated body temperatures which may indicate the presence of a fever.
As such, the use of infrared as an adjunctive diagnostic tool to help detect people with a potential fever may contain or limit the spread of viral diseases such as Covid-19 (coronavirus), bird and swine flu, or bacterial infections such as SARS.
The growth of international travel and economic migration require a consistent, prompt, effective and global disease prevention policy. Elevated human body temperature, or fever, is often a reliable indicator of many serious infections. Since the recent outbreak of serious flu strains such as Covid-19 (coronavirus) and the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), public health authorities have been looking for a fast, easy, contactless ( non-invasive), and reliable method to detect elevated human body temperature.
When used properly, infrared screening is such a method: a vital tool in the detection of elevated body temperatures in high-risk groups such as travelers.
It is being used by health authorities around the world to screen passengers entering a country via mass transportation, and has proven itself as an effective monitoring method.
The FLIR Exx series of thermal imaging cameras include a “Screening Alarm” function.
Excerpt from Exx User Manual:
“The screening alarm can be used, for example, at airports to detect passengers with elevated body temperatures, which may indicate the presence of a fever.
The screening alarm can also be used to detect temperature anomalies in a series of inspected objects in a similar/fixed setup.”
Proven track record
The deployment of FLIR cameras in airports, terminals and company facilities is providing a noninvasive and highly effective method to screen passing crowds for elevated skin temperatures that might suggest a person has a virus.
The adoption of FLIR IR cameras is one small, but vital measure, to combat the spread of Covid-19 (coronavirus). A selection of companies and organisations that have FLIR IR temperature screening systems in place:
Algeria Ministry of Health
ALSTOM Power Service
Australian International Airports
French Ministry of Health
Formosa Plastic Group
Hong Kong Airport Authority
Malaysia Ministry of Health
Morocco Ministry of Health
Tunisia Ministry of Health
Turkey Ministry of Health
UAE Ministry of Health
…and many more
For more information regarding FLIR products and this application in Australia
please call us on FreePhone 1800 358 531
or contact your local Flir Distributor in your country
Information regarding this application.
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An extract from the World Health Organization Website:
Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.
Coronaviruses are zoonotic, meaning they are transmitted between animals and people. Detailed investigations found that SARS-CoV was transmitted from civet cats to humans and MERS-CoV from dromedary camels to humans. Several known coronaviruses are circulating in animals that have not yet infected humans.
Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure and even death.
Standard recommendations to prevent infection spread include regular hand washing, covering mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing, thoroughly cooking meat and eggs. Avoid close contact with anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness such as coughing and sneezing.
In general, thermal cameras are used to detect variations of surface temperatures. In the US, FLIR has certain camera models (designated as “ME”) which are certified by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use as a non-contact screening tool to detect differences in skin surface temperatures. These FDA-certified cameras (510(k) submission K033967) were designated with an intended use specifically in public areas (i.e., airports) to allow operators to visualize and document temperature patterns and changes. FLIR is aware of customers in several other countries using FLIR thermal cameras for similar purposes, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, Philippines, and Malaysia. FLIR cameras are not intended, nor designed, to diagnose or detect medical conditions including, but not limited to, viruses or other illnesses. FLIR cameras should only be used to detect variations of surface temperature”