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Saudi Arabia issues travel warning after Ebola death

Gulf kingdom advises citizens not to travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea until further notice

Saudi Arabia issues travel warning after Ebola death
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Saudi Arabia on Thursday advised its citizens and residents not to travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea until further notice, one day after a Saudi man died after contracting Ebola during a business trip to Sierra Leone.

In a statement released by the Saudi Press Agency, the Ministry stressed that it is monitoring the situation in the infected states in coordination with the World Health Organisation.

On Wednesday, a Saudi Arabian man suspected of having contracted the Ebola virus during a recent business trip to Sierra Leone died in Jeddah.

The ministry said it was working to trace the man's route of travel and identify people he was in contact with.

Ebola is one of the deadliest diseases known in humans with a fatality rate of up to 90 percent. The death rate in the current outbreak in West Africa, which has killed close to 900, is around 60 percent.

The kingdom has suspended pilgrimage visas from West African countries to counter the further possible spread of the disease.

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