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Monday, September 24, 2012
CNN Arabia: Saudi Arabia warns pilgrims flu virus "killer"
[We are entering the season of Hajj and Umrah. This article is from CNN Arabic]
الاثنين، 24 أيلول/سبتمبر 2012، آخر تحديث
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) - Saudi authorities called pilgrims "House of God" to adhere to preventive health procedures, for their own safety and health, after monitoring three cases of HIV disease causes a rare type of influenza, called "crowns", two of whom died , while the third is still receiving treatment.
And revealed the Ministry of Health in Saudi Arabia for such injuries, in a statement issued Sunday, said that he came "within the framework of its preventive efforts to prevent importation of disease, and a continuation for its follow-up and a survey of all transmitted diseases between human and keen to approach transparency of what matters public health. "
The ministry said in a statement, reported by the official Saudi Press Agency "SPA", that "with the acceleration of climate change, and enter the season of Hajj and Umrah, it was diagnosed pattern rare coronavirus, a seasonal influenza viruses are known, where he was diagnosed three cases infected with the virus . "
The Saudi Ministry of Health in its statement that one of these cases to a Saudi citizen at a hospital in Jeddah, and the second for another Saudi citizen, the third event of injury to the Gulf citizen in Britain, and said that two of the injured died as a result they got sick.
And sought the ministry to reassure citizens and residents, saying that the virus "crowns" known, and most people are recovering, after providing treatment pads and simple, without complications, and in very rare cases, In Style Nader of this virus, complications occur respiratory and kidney, has lead to death, especially for the elderly, and those with heart disease, and chronic chest and HIV.
The ministry stressed that "these cases are rare, and the health situation reassuring, nor call for concern", he called on those who wish to Hajj or Umrah, from inside or outside the Kingdom, commitment vaccinations and instructions issued by the Ministry of Health, and attention to personal hygiene, washing hands, and wearing a mask in crowded places, and change them periodically. "
The ministry concluded by emphasizing that they relay constantly emerging in this regard, at the national level, regional and global levels, in coordination with the concerned authorities and international health bodies.