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Arab health ministers have agreed to ban certain people including the elderly and young children from pilgrimage to Mecca in an effort to contain the spread of swine flu.
"Hajj and Umrah will continue with some conditions," Ibrahim al-Kerdani, World Health Organisation spokesman in Egypt said after a meeting of Arab health ministers in Cairo on Wednesday.
"Some groups will be excluded from Hajj: people over the age of 65, people under the age of 12 and people with chronic illnesses," he told reporters.
The decision to keep the vulnerable groups away from the pilgrimage is yet to be ratified by the health ministers' governments, he said.
Manitoba Health is reporting the death of an adult between the age of 18 and 65 who had a lab-confirmed positive test for H1N1 influenza and other underlying medical conditions.
They say this brings the total number of deaths associated with a lab-confirmed diagnosis of H1N1 influenza to seven in Manitoba.