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Among a cohort of 274 French pilgrims participating in the 2009 Hajj, 77.4% used hand disinfectant, 89.8% used disposable handkerchiefs, and 79.6% used face masks; 97.4% were vaccinated against seasonal flu, 5.8% against H1N1, and 31.4% against pneumococcus. Influenza vaccine and face mask use did not significantly reduce respiratory symptoms.
The incidence and significant morbidity of vertebral osteomyelitis are increasing despite the progress of diagnosis competences. Among the 50 cases of vertebral osteomyelitis managed in our centers over the past 5 years, 84% of the cases were in men. The mean age was 55 years. Sixty-two percent of patients had comorbidities and risk factors: diabetes… (More)