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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By Staff writer
Wed 04 Mar 2015 07:36 PM

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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