Saudi Arabia Takes Precautions Against Ebola As Pilgrims Stream Into Mecca For Hajj

October 2, 2014 1:29 PM

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MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia sought to assure the public that the kingdom was Ebola-free as an estimated 2 million Muslims streamed into a sprawling tent city near Mecca on Thursday for the start of the annual Islamic hajj pilgrimage.

Ebola is believed to have sickened more than 7,100 people in West Africa and killed more than 3,300, according to the World Health Organization.

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