Via Saudi Gazette: Infectious diseases: Airlines put on alert. Excerpt:
JEDDAH — The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has asked all airline companies operating in the Kingdom's airports to immediately report passengers suspected of having infectious diseases.
"The pilots should inform air traffic services or air traffic control at the airport of any passenger suspected to be suffering from an infectious illness," GACA told the airline companies in an official circular.
According to Makkah daily on Tuesday, the procedure was part of precautionary measures being taken by the Health Ministry to prevent the spread of contagious diseases, specifically the deadly Ebola virus.
The ministry warned airlines to take particular note of pilgrims coming from some west African countries such as Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. It said symptoms of the disease include bleeding from the mouth, eyes, nose or skin, high fever, serious headaches, joint pain, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty in breathing and a loss of appetite.
GACA asked officials at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Fahd International Airport in Dammam and Prince Muhammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport in Madinah to make thorough plans to prevent the entry of any Ebola sufferers.
It said any passenger showing any symptoms of the virus should be immediately sent to any hospital with a quarantine section.
The ministry said pilgrims from the three western African countries should be closely observed in their accommodation places in Makkah and Madinah until the disease's incubation period of three weeks is over. It said the diseases could not be contracted during this period.
The ministry last April asked the government departments responsible for the issuance of Haj and Umrah visas not to issue visas for pilgrims from the three African countries.