- Middle East Business News
Tuesday, 26 May 2020 09:45 UAE time
Swine Flu

Saudi Arabia says pilgrim dies from H1N1 virus

Swine flu victim was a 70-year-old man from Pakistan, Saudi health ministry says.

  1. Kuwait tops Mideast list for swine flu cases
  2. Swine Flu Special Report

Kuwait tops Mideast list for swine flu cases
World Health Org report says Gulf state has seen 6,640 H1N1 infections so far.

Air Arabia Q3 profit down 9% on H1N1, Ramadan
Sharjah-based carrier makes net profit of $39.2m in the three months to end-Sept.

Only 9 hajj pilgrims with swine flu so far - Saudi minister
Tiny percentage of more than 500,000 arrivals in kingdom found to be infected.


Just another pandemic
Okay, I know this swine flu is a big deal. You know, 120 million people could die and all that, but it's not going to mean the end of the world – but other problems could, says Anil Bhoyrul.

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    Qatar cancels further H1N1 vaccines

    A luke warm public response to swine flu vaccination campaign forces officials to cancel orders.

    Airlines ill equipped to handle pandemic

    Emirates medical chief says lack of global tracking system means airlines would struggle in outbreak.

    Pandemics will be a bigger killer than wars - expert

    Health chief tells UAE conference that swine flu type viruses pose greater threat to life.

    Five dead from swine flu at hajj

    Only 73 H1N1 cases, including five deaths, recorded during hajj, compared to 2.5 million pilgrims there.

    Pilgrims snub flu, flock to Saudi Arabia

    About 580,000 pilgrims have so far arrived to the Western region of Saudi Arabia, site of the two holy cities.

    Riyadh sets up 11 centres set up for H1N1 shots

    Pilgrims can receive swine flu vaccination shots by visiting any of the designated PHCs.

    Kuwait swine flu fatalities rise to 24

    Health ministry announces two further deaths while Kuwait University employee also falls sick.

    UAE, Saudi launch swine flu vaccination campaigns

    UPDATE 1: Crown Prince is first to receive UAE vaccine while Saudi also fights H1N1 virus.

    Glaxo Saudi's sole supplier of H1N1 vaccine for now

    Saudi to start H1N1 inoculation with pilgrims; launched vaccination campaign.

    Kuwait's swine flu death toll rises to 19

    Gulf state's health ministry confirms two further fatalities of woman in 60s, man in 40s.

    Air Arabia chief says swine flu threat 'contained'

    Airline CEO says he has seen little impact, warns that rest of 2009 will remain tough.

    116 Kuwaiti pupils catch swine flu since start of term

    Figures from ministry also reveal that six teachers are infected since Sept 27.

    Oman starts to vaccinate against swine flu threat

    Sultanate begins campaign on Sunday, following 2,400 related cases, 24 deaths.

    Kuwait health chiefs confirm 10th swine flu death

    Arab woman, aged 47, dies in hospital after testing positive - health ministry.

    Qatar schools face closure after H1N1 neglect

    Supreme Education Council gives schools 24 hours to improve swine flu measures.

    UAE will buy 1m swine flu vaccines in next three months

    The first batch is due to arrive in the next couple of weeks, MoH official reveals.

    Qatar begins school flu vaccination drive

    Meanwhile, health officials shut Abu Dhabi school over suspected H1N1 cases reported.

    In Egypt, swine flu fears buried under rubbish threat

    Over 900 cases of swine flu have been reported in Egypt; two people have died.

    Kuwait spends $13.9m on swine flu precautions

    Gulf state orders extra medical equipment across schools, 120 new clinics.

    Saudi confirms three more swine flu deaths

    Despite fears of huge outbreak among pilgrims only 26 cases confirmed in Ramadan.

    Baby becomes Kuwait's latest swine flu victim

    Health officials say baby was suffering a heart infection before he contracted H1N1 virus.

    Oman reports 3 new swine flu deaths

    The total number of people who have died from H1N1 virus in the sultanate has risen to 21, officials say.

    Saudi hajj firms see $240m loss over swine flu fears

    Pilgrimage firms in holy cities have incurred great loses as people stay home.

    H1N1 facility opened at Abu Dhabi hospital – paper

    Abu Dhabi's dedicated H1N1 isolation ward is complete with quarantine facilities.

    Low turnout on first day of school amid swine flu fears

    UPDATE 1: UAE schools see attendance rate as low as 30% as H1N1 threat continues.

    Qatar confirms third swine flu death

    A 54-year-old Qatari woman becomes the latest victim of the H1N1 virus, health officials confirm.

    Officials divided over school swine flu closures

    Health officials speak out against decision to close all schools in Bahrain until Oct.

    Parents' Facebook fight over swine flu school closures

    Parents outraged over decision to close all schools until next month.

    Third school closed in Bahrain for swine flu case

    A 10-year-old pupil diagnosed with H1N1, school closed until after Eid break.

    Muscat Festival 2010 cancelled as swine flu deaths rise

    Officials announce the cancellation of Oman's biggest event due to H1N1 threat.



How concerned are you about the outbreak of swine flu?

Yes I am very concerned. The world is due a flu pandemic and it's just a matter of time before it hits the ME.
I am quite worried as people travel so much, but I am sure it will not be a big problem in the ME.
A little worreid but I think the airport controls and travel restrictions will stop it spreading and entering the ME.
I am not concerned, the problem in Mexico is minor and is merely the focus of media hysteria.

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