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Fri 10 Jul 2009 02:22 PM

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Saudi Arabia swine flu cases reach 160 – paper

Health minister says 11 new cases of swine flu have been registered in the Kingdom.

The Ministry of Health announced on Thursday that 11 new cases of swine flu had been registered in the Kingdom, according to a report.The Saudi Gazette reported that the virus was detected in three Saudis and eight foreign nationals, bringing the total number of registered cases in the Kingdom to 160.

The Ministry of Health added in its statement that 134 persons had so far made complete recoveries from the virus and returned to their daily lives.

The ministry has allocated a toll-free number (8002494444) to answer public queries on the disease.

On Tuesday, Dr Ziyad Maymash, assistant undersecretary at the ministry for preventive medicine, had told the Arab News newspaper that a quarantine facility has been arranged at airport arrival lounges to isolate Haj and Umrah pilgrims with symptoms of H1N1 infections.

He said the government has stocked up adequate quantities of tablets and vaccines to treat swine flu patients.

Manpower at the ministry’s laboratories across the country has also been beefed up, he had added.

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