By Andy Sambidge
Health chiefs confirm 11 new cases, including two Saudis and nine expatriates.
The total number of people affected by swine flu in Saudi Arabia has risen to 125, it was reported on Tuesday.
The Health Ministry has confirmed 11 new H1N1 virus cases, included two Saudis, aged 14 and 9, and nine expatriates comprising six women, a man and two children, Arab News reported.
“All of them were tested at the ministry’s labs,” a ministry statement said. The ministry has allocated a toll-free number (8002494444) to answer public queries on the disease.
Dr Ziyad Maymash, assistant undersecretary at the ministry for preventive medicine, told the paper 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 added.
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