H1N1 outbreak feared among Makkah pilgrims

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H1N1 outbreak feared among Makkah pilgrims

Post by azik on 2009-06-24, 13:39

H1N1 outbreak feared among Makkah pilgrims
By Abdullah Rasheed, Abu Dhabi Editor, and Anupa Kurian, Readers Editor
Published: June 18, 2009, 23:03

Dubai: There are growing fears that a swine flu outbreak could sweep through Makkah as Umrah and the Haj bring millions of pilgrims from around the world.

Egypt's health minister Hatem Al Jabali has warned that pilgrims returning from Saudi Arabia could face quarantine.

Saudi Arabia is gearing up for a possible outbreak among pilgrims after the first case was detected in a Malaysian boy in Makkah, health ministry spokesman Khaled Marghlani said. The Saudis are working with World Health Organisation experts to finalise a plan to deal with the threat, Marghlani said.
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