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Kuwait is 'swine flu free' - health official

'Third wave' of disease is due to finish this week; state has faced 6,640 documented infections.

No new cases of the swine flu (H1N1) virus have been detected in Kuwait, and the third wave of the disease is due to finish at the end of this week, a senior official has announced.

“Kuwait is swine flu free," said Ministry of Health Undersecretary Dr Ibrahim Al-Abdulhadi, according to the Kuwait Times.

Al-Abdulhadi confirmed that the ministry was still pursuing its preventive plan to safeguard against the disease’s reappearance.

The announcement was made after a meeting of the Higher Committee for Combating Swine Flu.

Al-Abdulhadi indicated that the committee would honour the contracts it signed with pharmaceutical firms regarding the purchase of medication to treat the disease.

In November, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that more people had contracted the H1N1 virus in Kuwait than in any of the other 22 countries in the agency’s Eastern Mediterranean region.

The WHO said that the Gulf state topped the list with 6,640 swine flu infections, or 23 percent of the region’s 28,751 cases at the time.

In second place was Saudi Arabia, with 4,119 H1N1 infections, followed by Oman with 3,829 and Egypt with 2,494.

The worst affected region globally was the Americas.

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