Sep 23, 2012, SPA
Ministry of Health issued a statement saying: "As part of its efforts
to prevent importation of diseases and continue its follow-up and
survey of all transmitted diseases among humans and based on its
keenness to follow transparency on matter of public health, it states
that with the acceleration of climate changes and the entry of Hajj and
Umrah season, a rare pattern of Coronavirus, a known seasonal influenza
virus, was detected.
"Three cases were diagnosed with this virus:
the first case is a Saudi citizen diagnosed at a hospital in Jeddah,
the second is a Saudi citizen and another GCC citizen (diagnosed) in
Britain recently. Two of them died and the third is still receiving
The ministry added, "The virus is known and most
people afflicted with it recover after providing supporting and simple
treatment without complications. In very rare cases and in a rare
pattern of this virus, complications occur to the respiratory system and
kidneys which may lead to death, especially in elderly people and those
with chronic cardiac illnesses and immune deficiency.
ministry assured the public that such occurrences are rare and the
overall health conditions are reassuring and do not cause concern.
It called upon those who wish to perform Hajj or Umrah from the
Kingdom or abroad to abide by the vaccinations and instructions issued
by the Ministry of Health, pay attention to personal hygiene, wash hands
and wear a mask in crowded places and change it periodically.
its statement, the Ministry of Health confirmed that it is constantly
following developments in this regard at the national, regional and
global levels in coordination with the concerned authorities and
international health bodies.