Saudi reports 1,195 Aids cases in 2011

Saudi Arabia discovered 1,195 Aids cases in 2011 and more than half of them were expatriates, the health ministry said on Saturday.

The victims include 459 Saudis and 736 foreigners, who were deported from the Gulf Kingdom, it said in a statement.

The number of victims last year was 4.5 per cent above that in 2010 and 4.7 per cent below the 2009 number of reported cases of the deadly Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome, the report said.

“Despite the increase last year, Saudi Arabia remains among the countries with the lowest Aids cases as they accounted for two per 10,000,” said Dr Raafat Al Hakeem, director of the infectious diseases department.

He said that number involves only reported cases as many more people could be suffering from the disease but are not recorded.

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