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SAUDI ARABIA SCREENS HAJJ PILGRIMS FOR EBOLA VIRUS

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Kathmandu, September 22 (CNS) - Saudi Arabia is screening hajj pilgrims arriving in the country, for Ebola virus and providing them with preventative medication, Xinhua news agency reports, citing local media.


At the King Abdulaziz International Airport, pilgrims are required to fill out medical forms and take preventive medication, as soon as they disembark from their flights, the English language newspaper Arab News said.

A traveller, suspected of having contracted Ebola virus was recently transferred to a hospital, but tests turned out to be negative.

Nigerian Hajj Health Affairs Mission head, Ibrahin K. Muna said, some 42,020 pilgrims from Nigeria have arrived in Saudi Arabia and another 33,980 are scheduled to arrive in the next few days.

Ibrahin said, more than 90 percent of pilgrims are from non-Ebola regions and "around 150 come from an Ebola-ridden state."

Nigeria is the only Ebola-hit African nation, whose nationals are not banned from performing the hajj.--Source SPA

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