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 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 paediatric ward of Kuala Lumpur Hospital.
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