You get what you measure... and we're measuring your Advil load

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In response to concerns about H5N1, there have been proposals to adopt (and some adoptions) of body temperature scanners to detect people with the flu. Apparently they're not difficult to defeat:
HANOI (Reuters) - Many sick passengers who flew to Ho Chi Minh City in southern Vietnam took fever reducers to cheat temperature scanners at the airport, leading to the discovery of several infected cases later, state media reported at the weekend.

Nguyen Van Chau, head of Ho Chi Minh City's Health Department, was quoted in state-run Tien Phong (Vanguard) daily as saying "a series of passengers" took fever reducers three hours before arrival.

"That's why when they passed through the airport, the body temperature scanners skipped them," Chau said.

Why does this not surprise me?


Nice that they decided all the people who took the fever reducers did so in order to cheat the scanner.
Personally it makes sense to me that people with a fever will take fever reducers in order to... err... reduce the effects of fever. No?

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