HAJ PILGRIMS ADVISED TO TAKE PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES AGAINST EBOLA
Aug 07 16:29
KUALA LUMPUR, The government today advised Malaysian Muslims going on the Haj pilgrimage this year to take precautions following a report that a man had died of suspected Ebola virus disease in Saudi Arabia.
Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said pilgrims should avoid body contact, especially with those who were sick and showing symptoms of the disease.
"If there is a need to do so, you must take precautions like wearing gloves, gowns, masks, and all that.
"There have been many cases of the disease in western Africa because the people have not been able to follow these principles of health," he told reporters after distributing goodie bags and 'duit raya' (raya cash) on behalf of Putera MIC to patients at the paedriatic ward of Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
According to the website of the Saudi Arabian Health Ministry, the man died yesterday after he was admitted to the intensive care unit late on Monday when he exhibited symptoms of viral haemorrhagic fever following a business trip to Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone and Liberia have been the worst affected by the disease.