Yemen bans travelers from SARS-hit countries [Archives:2003/633/Local News]

April 27 2003

SANAA, April 23 (Reuters) – Yemen said on Wednesday it was banning entry to people coming from countries with reported cases of the deadly Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus.
The official Saba news agency said a health committee would also take preventive measures to protect against SARS in the Arab state.
“The measures include quarantines when a case is identified, preventive measures at all land, sea and air crossings…and temporary suspension of travel into Yemen from countries where the disease exists,” Saba said, without naming the countries.
The flu-like lethal disease, for which there is no known cure and has claimed the lives of 251 people around the world, has been reported in countries such as China, India, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Canada.