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UAE warns citizens to stay away from India after swine flu spread

Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues warning as more than 1,000 people die, 20,000 infected across India

UAE warns citizens to stay away from India after swine flu spread
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The UAE's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) on Wednesday warned citizens against travelling to India due to the spread of swine flu (H1N1 influenza) across the country.

The MoFA also advised citizens currently in India to avoid the affected areas and to stay away from public places where there is the likelihood of the disease spreading, news agency WAM reported.

India’s Health Ministry said earlier this week that 1,115 of the 20,795 people infected with swine flu in 2015 have died.

The state of Gujarat has the highest death toll, with 275 dead from the disease, local media reported, followed by Rajasthan with 267 deaths and Madhya Pradesh with 160 deaths.

Rajasthan has the highest number of confirmed cases, with 5,610, followed by Gujarat with 4,614 cases and Delhi with 2,999 cases.

In a statement, Rashid Ali Al Dhaheri, director of Citizens’ Affairs at the MoFA, said that the travel warning emanates from the UAE’s keen interest in the safety and wellbeing of all its citizens travelling abroad.

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peter 4 years ago

Thank you for your concern, but how is the UAE protecting it's country from the spread of this disease on its own turf from Indians travelling to the UAE? Are there measures outlined to screen incoming passengers from India to the UAE? With Indians being the largest population in the UAE, this could be a ticking timebomb.

Yan 4 years ago

You need to understand that swine flu has affected over 100 countries in the world. Your comments on relating the Indian population in UAE to the matter is totally out of place and just highlights your ignorance

Mujeeb Haroon 4 years ago

Very alarming , after so many diseases now swine flu erupts in India. People should be very careful to visit India and also avoid to meet with Indians who are in UAE.

If you travel by train in India, do not open windows in the morning as all railway line is supposed to be the national open air Toilets and you will find people sitting near railway line for discharge.

Then they burn their dead body , and all body remaining dust blows into the winds and pollute the air of India. you have to inhale dead bodies burning smoke and dust.

Red Snappa 4 years ago

It would be good for the UAE government to publicise exactly what screening is in place for Swine Flu for Indian or any other 'at risk' country nationals arriving in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah.

Is there a Swine Flu jab available that can be certified and handed over at immigration? When I first travelled to Dubai, there was a whole raft of mandatory inoculations.