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Swine flu: The story so far
Qatar has seen its first H1N1 virus death and Saudi has recorded four. And despite the rumors, we found no extra detection measures at Dubai airport.
August 2, 2009 2:42 by Aarti Nagraj
A Qatari man who died of the H1N1 swine flu virus had reportedly been staying in Dubai, says the Qatar News Agency. The man was Qatar’s first fatal case from the virus, and had apparently been to hospital in Dubai twice, but was only diagnosed with the flu in Doha last week.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia confirmed its fourth death caused swine flu on Friday. Health Ministry spokesman Khalid Al-Mirghalani told Arab News that such deaths are to be expected because of the rapid spread of the virus.
The Kuwaiti Ministry of Health announced 39 new cases of the virus on Saturday, taking the country’s total number of cases to 211.
The UAE recently announced a plan to stop the spread of the H1N1 virus in the country, saying that it would keep a close watch at the country’s airports for potential flu sufferers, and educate people about the disease.
However, the country’s National Supervisory Committee for Combating Swine Flu dismissed a newspaper report last week claiming that UAE residents holidaying abroad may be banned from returning to the Emirates if they show flu symptoms.
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