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BRIEF REVIEW
Year : 2009  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 50-53

Respiratory tract infection during Hajj


Department of Critical Care, KKUH, King Saud University, P.O. Box 18321, Riyadh 11415, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence Address:
Abdulaziz H Alzeer
Department of Critical Care, King Khalid University Hospital, P.O. Box 18321, Riyadh 11415
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1737.49412

PMID: 19561924

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Respiratory tract infection during Hajj (pilgrimage to Mecca) is a common illness, and it is responsible for most of the hospital admissions. Influenza virus is the leading cause of upper respiratory tract infection during Hajj, and pneumonia can be serious. Taking into account the close contacts among the pilgrims, as well as the crowding, the potential for transmission of M. tuberculosis is expected to be high. These pilgrims can be a source for spreading infection on their return home. Although vaccination program for influenza is implemented, its efficacy is uncertain in this religious season. Future studies should concentrate on prevention and mitigation of these infections.


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