Delegates attending the Sibos 2014 conference, which this year returns to North America and will be held in Boston from September 29 to October 2, have been told to expect additional safety measures to protect against infectious illnesses.
A statement issued by Sven Bossu, head of Sibos at SWIFT, reads: “To strengthen the security and safety of all Sibos delegates, this year’s onsite security measures will, in addition to the usual metal detectors at each entrance, include thermal scanners to detect elevated body temperatures and possible infectious illnesses.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) states that emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases pose an ongoing threat to global health security. With visitors from more than 130 countries and the WHO’s global safety warnings regarding recent outbreaks, such as the Ebola virus disease, we take extremely seriously the safety of our delegates and will therefore ensure preventative measures are in place.
“The WHO recommends that if you develop symptoms indicative of a viral disease, including high fever, body aches and nausea, you report to the nearest health facility immediately. Early isolation and professional clinical treatment reduce the risk of transmission to others, while enhancing your own chance of a full and speedy recovery.”
Any person attending Sibos who feels unwell is asked to visit the nurse’s station on level one of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
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