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The News Minute | March 6, 2015 | 3:20 pm IST

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Abu Dhabi warned its citizens against travelling to India due to the spread of swine flu.

Out of the 9 million residents in the UAE, around 30 percent are Indian nationals, forming the biggest group of expatriates, Xinhua reported.

All four UAE airliners, Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways, Air Arabia and FlyDubai offer daily flights from the UAE cities to Indian cities.

In India, the Centre has established a network of 21 laboratories equipped to conduct tests for the virus. Three of these labs are in Delhi, it said, adding that Oseltamivir, the drug recommended by the WHO, is manufactured in India.

"The outbreak monitoring cell of the NCDC (National Centre for Disease Control) is functioning round-the-clock to attend to public queries. The call number is 011-23921401," it added.

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