Saudi stops Haj visas to countries hit by Ebola virus

 08 Aug 2014 - 1:38


DOHA: The Saudi Ministry of Health has stopped issuing visas for Haj and Umrah to people of the countries affected by Ebola virus. 
The ministry said it had quarantined all people who had come in contact with the Saudi man who died yesterday because of Ebola. All these people will be under observation for 21 days which is the incubation period of the virus. It stressed that there were no new suspected cases of Ebola in the kingdom.
It denied media reports about a new case in Jeddah and  stressed its keenness on transparency, commitment to informing the community about contagious diseases and raising awareness about preventative measures according to best international health practices, Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said.
Khaled Markelani, a spokesman for the ministry, told CNN that the ministry had sent samples to International Referral Laboratories in the US and Germany and they have been coordinating with World Health Organisation for many months.
He said the ministry was expecting to get the result soon and will announce it immediately. The ministry has a strict monitoring system based on immediate reporting of any suspected cases and monitoring who have came in contact with those affected.