First Swine Flu death case in Saudi Arabia

Posted on Jul 27, 2009 5:36 PM by
Recently I posted an article on the influenza virus briefing on the best measures to be followed to prevent one from getting infected and what to do in case you are infected. The article written then mentioned that the virus had caused no deaths in Saudi Arabia.

Alas! On Monday 27 Jul’ 09 the Saudi Arabian Health Ministry confirmed the death of a 30-year old male Saudi Citizen who was infected by the virus. The victim was admitted at a private medical facility in the eastern city of Dammam with symptoms that included coughing, high fever, and difficulty in breathing. He expired on Saturday despite being treated with antibiotics and the anti-flu drug Tamiflu.

This brings the total number of swine flu deaths in the Middle East to 3. Saudi Arabia has reported over 300 cases of swine flu so far which is more than any other Arab country. The World Health Organization (WHO) has stopped taking a daily tally on pandemic H1N1 cases and deaths around the world due to the widespread nature of the virus. However, it would still report on swine flu cases and deaths in newly affected countries.

The causalities have caused concerns amongst the officials in Mecca regarding the annual Muslim pilgrimage known as the hajj. The Hajj pilgrimage which was attended by at least 2 million people last year is said to show a major decline this time as the Health ministers are planning to restrict pilgrims over the age of 65, below 12 and those with chronic illness from performing the Hajj.

Must read article: What to do incase you find yourself infected.

P.S: The author has no commercial interest in any of the companies mentioned.
The information is as up-to-date as possible at the time of writing.

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