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Indian dies of swine flu in Saudi Arabia

Last Updated: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:21

Dubai: An Indian expatriate was among three
persons who became the latest victims of swine flu in Saudi
Arabia, taking the death toll from the disease to 14 in the

Three new deaths attributed to swine flu were reported
"in different parts of the Kingdom" bringing the toll in Saudi
Arabia to 14, the Ministry of Health announced yesterday.

The Indian man died of the disease on Thursday.

"The first two cases are Saudis, one a woman of 28 and
the other a girl of 11. Both died on Friday while the third
case was an Indian who died a day earlier," the ministry said,
according to Arab News.

The ministry said the intensity of the H1N1 virus in the
country was still "mild" with most infected people recovering.

The government has issued an advisory to citizens on
avoiding crowds, covering mouths and noses when coughing or
sneezing and seeking medical attention quickly after flu
symptoms arise.

Saudi Arabia has also stepped up precautionary measures
and surveillance ahead of Ramadan, when thousands of people
arrive in Mecca on a pilgrimage.

Bureau Report

First Published: Monday, August 17, 2009 - 12:21
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