12 dengue cases detected in Jeddah

Updated 08 May 2013
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12 dengue cases detected in Jeddah

Twelve new cases of dengue fever have been discovered in the neighborhoods of south Jeddah last week.
Dr. Sami Badawood, director general of Jeddah Health Affairs at the Ministry of Health, yesterday confirmed that the cases were discovered after the patients visited public hospitals complaining of high temperature accompanied with skin rash and acute intestinal pain, body aches and an inability to concentrate.
About 300 cases of dengue fever were registered in the first four months of 2013 despite an ongoing campaign to eradicate mosquitoes that carry the disease.
Badawood told Arab News that the preventive measures against dengue are being taken by the municipality, while diagnosis and treatment of the disease are being carried out by hospitals and primary health care centers at the Ministry of Health.
He explained that open tanks, places or large utensils where there is stagnant water, are breeding grounds for mosquitoes.


Saudi Arabia joins International Maritime Security Construct

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Saudi Arabia joins International Maritime Security Construct

  • The aim of this international alliance is to protect merchant ships through providing safe navigation
  • The operation covers Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, Sea of Oman and Arabian Gulf

RIYADH: The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has joined the International Maritime Security Construct, a source from the Ministry of Defense said on Wednesday.
The US-led coalition, which includes Australia, Bahrain, and the UK, aims to protect commercial ships and provide safe navigation.
The International Maritime Security Construct area of operation covers Strait of Hormuz, Bab al-Mandab, Sea of Oman and Arabian Gulf.
The Kingdom’s move comes in support of regional and international efforts to deter and counter threats to maritime navigation and global trade, and ensure global energy security and the continued flow of energy supplies to the global economy.