Singapore

No cases of haj pilgrims with flu-like symptoms: Muis

There have been no cases of pilgrims returning from the haj with flu-like symptoms here amid two health scares at US airports last week, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said yesterday.

Last week, three passengers on two flights that arrived in the US showed flu-like symptoms after visiting Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the haj.

A Muis spokesman told The Straits Times that its haj unit has not received any reports of such symptoms from returning pilgrims so far.

The last group of pilgrims left on Aug 16, and all pilgrims are expected to arrive back in Singapore by Saturday.

Asked about the health scares abroad, the Ministry of Health said it maintains close contact with the World Health Organisation and its overseas counterparts to monitor the global infectious disease situation.

An MOH spokesman said the ministry also works closely with Muis to advise haj and umrah pilgrims on vaccinations and other precautions to adopt when overseas. - TOH TING WEI

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